Tributes Paid To Campaigner Michelle Bridge
Michelle Bridge was a Facebook friend of mine. I was very sad to hear news of her death while on holiday. RIP Michelle.
Tributes have been paid to a welfare rights campaigner from Runcorn who has died suddenly at the age of 43.
Michelle Bridge passed away on the afternoon of Monday, May 16, leaving a 25-year-old son.
Her nephew Louis Bridge said Michelle was an ‘amazing person who always put everyone else before herself’ and who would run through paperwork for residents with benefits issues in her home.
In 2013 she helped to organise protests against the ‘bedroom tax’ at Runcorn Town Hall and in Widnes under the banner of the ‘Stand Up In Halton’ campaign.
Widnes councillor Andrea Wall, who took part in the demonstrations, said Michelle was a ‘passionate’ opponent to the Government’s welfare reforms and benefits sanctions system, with which Michelle would be affected herself.
She added that Michelle had been very keen to help people suffering poverty in Runcorn.
Cllr Wall said the news of her death was ‘awful’ and ‘very sad’.
Originally from Birkenhead, Michelle moved to Runcorn as a toddler and later attended Norton Priory.
At the time of her death she was working part-time at Iceland.
An appeal has been launched to raise cash toward her funeral costs with a target of £1,500, and her family has requested donations instead of flowers.
All are welcome to attend the service at Walton Lea Crematorium at 2.20pm on Tuesday, May 31, with mourners then moving to The Tricorn on Stonebarn Lane.
Louis said: “She was such a lovely person and she would do anything for anyone.
“She always put other people first and that’s what everybody loved about her.
“It’s hit people right across the country – I’ve had people from London and Birmingham contacting me from when they met her protesting.”
He added: “A lot of people used to go to her house and she was helping them sort their paperwork.
“We used to call her crazy, she helped that many people.”
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