Farewell to an inspirational role model


By Saundra Glenn

Farewell to an inspirational role model - The Hon Amanda (Mandy) Howells - 11.1.11

This article pays tribute to Mandy Howells who passed away at Guys Hospital in London on Tuesday morning, 11th January 2011, with her mother and sister at her bedside. Aged 49, she had fought a courageous 18-month battle with non-hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.

Mandy will be remembered in local, national and international communities as a loving daughter, sister and aunt and as one of the kindest, most loving campaigners, role models and volunteers of our time. She gave her whole life to community causes, worked as a manager at Connexions, as well as voluntarily mentoring for projects such as "Minority Plus" in Lewisham where she supported 40 youths at one time.

Mandy was particularly interested in issues affecting young people and pro-actively volunteered for 100 Black Men of London and for the Woodson Barrow Luncheon, alongside fundraising for charities and cancer research, amongst other things. She spent many hours of her time highlighting various campaigns including "Race for Life" for Cancer Research and the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (see below). 

In 1999, Mandy received her title "The Honourable" when her mother, the renown equalities activist, became Baroness Howells of St Davids.

Mandy was British, born in London, and loved her mixed heritage as a true daughter of both Britain and the Caribbean. She will long be remembered for her relentless commitment to her family, for her love of all things carnival and for her zest for her latest passion - salsa!

Mandy will always be remembered because her life really did make a difference.

Gone but never forgotten – loved forever.

Date:      Thursday 27th January 2011
Time:     11.30 am

Venue:  Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church, 145 Charlton Road, Greenwich, London SE7 7EZ

In her own inimitable way, it is Mandy's wish that no floral tributes be made, just a donation to support a cause. Her chosen causes are:-

(1) African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust" – donations may be made online using Mandy Howell's dedicated donations page: justgiving.com/mandyhowellsaclt (messages of condolence may be left at time of donation) or by cheque and posted to: ACLT, Southbridge House, Southbridge Place Croydon Surrey CR0 4HA . For general information about the charity, visit aclt.org.

(2) Cancer Research (Race for Life)using Mandy Howells' dedicated donations link for online payments only - justgiving.com/mandyhowells. Messages may be left at time of donation.

Donations may also be left in charity boxes at the church on the day.

Media queries can me made to: 07521 308965 or email: media@whatwebuilt.com

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Mandy Howells

RIP Mandy,

Our thoughts and prayers to all her family and friends.

May The Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Thanking Mandy for all who she has helped in her long service in our communities.

God Bless.


Amanda was a woman full of energy and an infectuous zest for life. I had the opportunity and honour to know her and work alongside her on and off, from 1999 through her involvement with Crime Concern UK and the Dalston Youth Project.

She was there as my mentor, standing by proudly, when I received the Community Champion Award from HRH Princess Anne on 13, December 2001 at the Royal College of Surgeons and later between 2008 and 2009 on I had the opportunity to work with her again in the London Borough Greenwich, to give young people a second chance to discover and realise their potential.

Through all this, Amanda remained committed, passionate and focused on her mission to ensure that the disadvantaged section of society had their needs met.

Amanda, you were so giving of yourself and though you are gone too soon, the line of beauty you left behind will continue to run through the tapestry of our lives for a very long time to come.

Rest in Peace in the arms of angels...

Banjo Aromolaran-Eaton
On behalf of Right Choice

Mandy Howells

A wonderful woman who campaigned for a better society, and because of her we have become a better society, though with a long way to go. It is a shame and very sad that she has gone far too soon and with so much work still to be done.
Rest in peace, knowing that you are loved and respected by so many who share your values from so many backgrounds.

RIP Amanda. You have left

RIP Amanda.

You have left wonderful footprints behind and glorious memories for family, friends and colleagues alike.
It was a pleasure and honour to know you. May your memory continue to live long and strong in our hearts.

Adieu Amanda


It shook me to the bones when I heard you were gone so soon. You fought a courageous fight against Cancer but God knows best. We come from God and must surely return to Him.

It was a pleasure to know you and work with you briefly at GLLaB where I learnt so much from your humbleness and affection for your fellow human beings.

It is not the length of years we live that matters but the legacy we leave behind when we leave – you gave so much for the betterment of others around you.
Keep on smiling with the Angels and rest in perfect peace. My thoughts are with those you leave behind; I pray God give them this loss.

Shakir Alade