It is with great sadness and shock that I have learnt about the passing of my friend Graham Burnett. My thoughts are with his wife Debbie and family at this most difficult time.
I have known Graham for many years and had recently accepted his invitation to join The Friends of Hednesford Park, one of the numerous voluntary organisations Graham was involved with in order to make the area a better place for all.
He was a dedicated champion for his community in Hednesford and indeed the wider area of Cannock Chase. He served his local council with pride and distinction and had recently been elected to Staffordshire County Council where I know he would have been a fantastic representative.
Graham had an incredible gift for making everyone feel valued and would light up the room with his infectious personality. His passion, experience and the support he gave to me and so many community groups will never be replaced. In his honour I am determined to carry on his work at The Friends of Hednesford Park and create the lasting legacy which he truly deserves.
I will miss you Graham.
UPDATE: Thank you to the family & friends of Graham for their generous donation of £1,581.61 to The Hibbs Lupus Trust. This donation in memory of Graham will help to facilitate the development of a new medical facility at Cannock Hospital in the rheumatology department where patients from Staffordshire will be supported.