Heartbroken charity workers have vowed to carry on the work of Dorothy McGregor after her death at the age of 80.
The flag on Accrington town hall has been flown at half mast to mark the passing of the co-founder of Maundy Relief and former nun after she lost her brave battle with cancer.
Lucy Hardwick, acting manager at Maundy Relief, said that it was vital that the group carries on the work that Dorothy had started at the Abbey Street charity 15 years ago.
She said: “The best tribute to Dorothy is to carry on as she taught us to do.
“Everything we have learnt, we have learnt from her and we will just carry on in her honour.
“The last couple of months we have been just trying to carry on as normal and it’s very important that the charity will carry on with all the support and help we get.”
She added: “It will never be the same without her. We will miss her terribly.”
Dorothy set up the Maundy Relief charity with the Rev Len Singleton and Alan Freeman in 1998.
The charity reflected her beliefs of unconditional loving and provided counselling, spiritual advice, food and small grants to people in need. Dorothy worked tirelessly to support those most vulnerable in the community.
Having enjoyed a varied career as a midwife, health visitor, and probation officer, Dorothy was awarded the Freedom of the Borough in 2001 at a civic carol service at St James Church, Accrington.
Dorothy’s sister Jean Holden said she had been an inspiration to those around her.
Jean said: “Maundy became Dorothy’s second family, and her energy and prayers inspired a host of wonderful volunteers, who continue to run Maundy in her absence. Dorothy also expressed her desire to thank all people, with whom she had a special empathy. They know who they are. Her passionate plea was: ‘That we should all set a light to the darkness’.”