It is with great sadness that we bring the news that Professor Hilary Thomas, Environment Projects Coordinator for the PONT Mbale Link (between Rhondda Cynon Taff and Uganda), passed away over the Jubilee break, following recent and sudden return of cancer.
Hilary was dearly loved and an inspiration to many in the community linking movement, for her passion and commitment to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to poverty and development – and for the tremendous heart and warmth that she shared with all of us. From founding PONT’s environment work group, and inputting to the early setup of the Size of Wales project, Hilary went on to develop the UN TACC – United Nations Territorial Approaches to Climate Change – pilot project, supported by the Welsh Government and UN Development Programme, enabling Ugandan communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Hilary’s family funeral will be held in Cornwall on Monday 18th June 2012, and it is hoped to organise a memorial service in Wales over the coming weeks, for friends and volunteers who knew Hilary to mark her life, reflect on and celebrate the huge contribution she made to so many.
A date has now been set for a Memorial/Thanksgiving service for Hilary Thomas. The service will be held on Tuesday 26th June at 11am at Bethel Baptist in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
If you would like to post tributes to Hilary, visit the Wales Africa Community Links Facebook page here.