Posthumously MBE to one of Merton's finest!

Chris and Stephen Alambritis moments afte winning her award!
Chris and Stephen Alambritis moments afte winning her award!

Chris Frost, Chief Executive of the Merton Voluntary Services Council (MVSC), was due to receive an MBE, it was revealed at her funeral on Tuesday.

Chris, who was 67 and lived in Colliers Wood, died suddenly in her sleep earlier this month just hours after picking up a prestigious award at the Compact Awards ceremony in Whitehall.

More than 300 people packed into St Andrew's Church in Herbert Road, Wimbledon, to celebrate her life at her funeral.

The service was conducted by Revd Andrew Wakefield, who revealed she'd received a confidential letter stating she was to receive an MBE in the Queen's New Year birthday honours list. He confirmed that, after negotiations with the Cabinet Office, the MBE would be awarded posthumously.

Clare, who was working with Chris to engage, develop and build relationships between the voluntary sector and the business sector said that her passing was so sad as " we are just getting started!!" 

Lola Barrett, Chief Executive of South Wimbledon-based Grenfall Housing Association, said Chris was a "fairy Godmother to Merton, doing great things wherever she spread her magic".

Clare Jefferies at Home Instead was one of the 300 at the funeral. Also in attendance were many of Merton's leaders, including Mayor Krystal Miller, Council Leader Stephen Alambritis, Council Chief Executive Ged Curran, Police Borough Commander Darren Williams, Chief Fire Officer Rick Ogden and Merton Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Diana Sterck, as well as MVSC staff and trustees, and Chris's family.

Farewell to Merton's Fairy Godmother....

 

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home