Inspirational charity worker Graham Peddie dies at 82

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There have been dozens of tributes to Graham Peddie MBE who sadly died last week aged 82.

It is no exaggeration to say that Graham, who lived in Fetcham for many years, devoted his life to helping others.

He was warden of the Tanners Hatch youth hostel for 30 years, and after retiring from the YHA in 1998 he set up the Pitstop charity for the homeless and socially isolated.

In 2002 he was presented with an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

When the Pitstop premises near Leatherhead FC became unusable after the floods in 2013, he founded the Meeting Room, which uses a variety of premises to carry on similar work.

Lisa Cullen, who works at The Meeting Room, described the reaction and tributes to Graham as “phenomenal”.

“I feel honoured to have known him and worked with him. We’re determined to carry on with the work he started and we’ll make him proud,” she said.

The tribute to Graham posted last week by colleagues at The Meeting Room

Paul Barker has created a public Facebook page Memories of Graham Peddie MBE.

It contains many references to his time at Tanners Hatch, tributes from visitors and fond memories of its legendary folk singing nights.  On his retirement some of the regulars recorded a CD in Graham’s honour.

Naturally enough it was at a youth hostel that Graham met and fell in love with his wife Maureen, who survives him.

Donations in Graham's memory can be made to The Meeting Room.

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