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Margaret Penman of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, has died, aged 43.

Although she had Multiple Sclerosis, she worked selflessly for charity, helping to raise thousands of pounds.

Margaret co-ran a shop in Stewarton Street, Wishaw, selling clothes and goods to raise money for charitable causes around the world.  When she was not well enough to work in the shop, she would spend hours on the phone - sometimes from her bed - to obtain goods that could be used to raise money for charity. 

Bags of clothing she helped collect were sent to Romania, Israel and Sri Lanka, but Africa (and particularly Uganda) were causes close to her heart.  When praised for her work, she responded: "I just want to help people worse off than myself."

Even when her condition deteriorated she remained bright and optimistic, continuing her fundraising while in hospital by collecting donations from doctors and nurses.

Her family have honoured her by urging mourners to make donations to charity, rather than buy flowers for the funeral.

The personal assistance Margaret was able to employ using her ILF award helped her remain active and supported her fundraising work.

Her sister Josephine says: "I would like to thank everybody at the Independent Living Fund for the help they have given my sister and family over the years.  Margaret lived years longer than expected because of the extra care ILF gave her, so she could live in her own home and be with her family." 


The Independent Living Funds is now closed 2017
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