It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Myra Davis passed away on Sunday, at her daughters house in Brighton. Myra was one of the founders of Assist, the Conversation Club and the Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers. She was a Green Party member. Her work with refugees in Sheffield was absolutely amazing and many knew her as their “second mum”. Many lived with her in her house as she taught them how to integrate into life in Sheffield.
A close friend writes “Large numbers of people have been in contact with me in recent days about the sad passing of my very close friend of the past 15 years, the founder of our charity ASSIST and the Conversation Club for asylum seekers and refugees, Myra Davis. There will be a family funeral soon in Brighton, and later in the year we will be organising a major memorial for her in Sheffield to celebrate all that she has meant to us over the years. It is understandable that so many have expressed a wish to attend her funeral, but we do ask that people respect the wishes of the family for a small private funeral with just a few friends. Everyone will be welcome to the memorial in Sheffield on 5th July, and there will be plenty of opportunity for people to make their feelings known by participating when we all come together then. Rest in peace Myra. Everyone is thinking of you.”
A memorial event for Myra Davis will take place on Saturday 5 July at the Central United Reformed Church in Sheffield. The event will include music, poetry and have refreshments. If you are able to bring some food to share (savoury or sweet and pre-cooked as we cannot cook food on site) that would be very helpful.
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