More than £1,000 has been raised for a children’s charity in memory of the late Mayor of Hertsmere.

Cynthia Barker died on September 14 following a short period of illness after taking office earlier this year in June.

In her memory, £1,200 has been raised for the NSPCC – a charity Cllr Barker had intended to support during her year as Mayor.

Around 80 comments have also been posted into an online book of condolence in memory of Cllr Barker. The book is now closed for comments and a hard copy will be presented to her family.

Leader of the council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, said: "I want to thank everybody who has taken the time to either pay tribute or make a donation in Cynthia's name.

 “The dozens of memories shared by people from around the world about Cynthia is testament to the warm, loving and irrepressible person she was.

"She brought so much joy to so many lives and her work as a local councillor was an inspiration to others from all walks of life.

"Though the book of condolence is now closed, there is still time to remember Cynthia by making a donation to her chosen charity in her name.

"We will never forget Cynthia. Her work on the council and in the community will continue to be felt for many, many years to come."

Cllr Barker had been a borough councillor for Potters Bar and then Borehamwood’s Kenilworth ward since 2015. 

She was the first Philippine-born elected representative in the borough, extremely proud of her heritage and committed to doing her utmost to champion equality and diversity for all our communities in Hertsmere.

She was also chosen as one of the 100 most influential Filipinas by the Filipina Women’s Network.

Donations to the NSPCC can be made until Monday 16 November here