Mary How Trust

Who was Mary How?

Mary How 1941-1987

Mary was born in Victoria, Australia, and as a young woman she moved to the UK, where she met and married Raymond How. Mary and Raymond had two children, Jeremy and Victoria, and lived in West Chiltington in West Sussex, where they had many friends.

Raymond described Mary as a “super person, who was so brave in adversity, who gave so much love, warmth and happiness to so many, wherever she set foot and to whomever she befriended.” He said that people from all walks of life were captivated by her Aussie charm.

Mary was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1984 and despite a brave battle against the disease she died in 1987, at the early age of 46.

Mary’s son, Jeremy, explains that “on the night she died my mother's GP and my father founded The Mary How Trust, an organisation they hoped would allow the early detection of malignant and other diseases”.

Raymond How moved to the West Country, and remained close to the Mary How Trust. He died in 1996. Jeremy and Victoria continued their family’s commitment to the Mary How Trust’s aims, Jeremy being a Patron. Victoria sadly passed away in 2020.

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