A FORMER hotel owner and good Samaritan who spent 26 years ferrying cancer patients to and from hospital has died from the disease herself aged 87.
Margaret Holland died while in a care home earlier this month after a long battle against ovarian and breast cancer.
It was a cruel twist for a selfless community minded resident who devoted much of her life to taking cancer patients in her own car right across the county and to London so they could receive treatment.
Margaret was a committed member of the volunteer car scheme at Conquest and Bexhill Hospitals until she was aged 72.
London born and bred, she had moved to Gunter’s Lane, Bexhill in 1964 and ran a mortgage broker business with her husband John.
In 1968 the couple took over the old Invergorden Hotel in Warrior Square which they ran for three years.
After leaving the hotel Margaret worked mostly in charity shops as a volunteer.
She moved to Sedgwick Road where she lived until moving into a care home in her later years of life.
She died peacefully on her daughter Teresa Brunswick’s 65th birthday on March 6.
Her funeral will take place at 2.15pm at Eastbourne Crematorium on Friday (March 28).
Teresa, who lives in St Albans, said: “My mother would be well known by lots of people.
“She was very popular and very socialable with lots of friends. She loved life and she cheered people up.
“She took hundreds of people to hospital for cancer treatment. It is just ironic that she ended up fighting the disease herself.”