Agony aunt Claire Rayner died yesterday at the age of 79.
Claire helped hundreds of thousands of people by talking frankly about the importance of safe sex in the 80s when almost nobody else would discuss it, probably saving thousands of lives.
She originally trained as a nurse and midwife but turned to writing in 1960, becoming an agony aunt on several daily newspapers and TV shows, including TV-AM and Good Morning With Anne And Nick. During her long career, she wrote over 60 books and was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to women’s health.
Right up until her death she was being consulted by both politicians and the medical profession about the best way to provide the health services the nation deserved and nothing mattered to her more than that.
Mrs Rayner was aware over the weekend her death was imminent and told family members she wanted her last words to be: ‘Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I’ll come back and bloody haunt him.’
You’ll be missed Claire.