From the Newham Recorder - 28 March

A sad farewell after collapse of campaigner

A WELL-KNOWN activist on racial and other issues has died after suffering a stroke at the age of just 36.

Gilly Mundy collapsed at work on March 15, and died two days later without regaining consciousness.

He previously lived in Monega Road, Manor Park, and many will remember him as a popular caseworker for the Newham Monitoring Project between 1993 and 1997.

Friend and colleague Kevin Blowe said: "As a campaigner and activist, Gilly managed to cram so much into his own life and touch the lives of so many others that it is almost too painful to imagine what more he could have achieved.

"As well as supporting victims of racist violence in East London while at the NMP, he worked for the Lawrence Family Campaign during the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's murder."

Mr Mundy (right) was working as senior caseworker for INQUEST, a charity that advises bereaved people and their lawyers following contentious deaths. He helped many families who had lost loved ones in police and prison custody. Mr Mundy collapsed at the organisation's office in Finsbury Park.

Through an organisation called Conscious Clubbing, Mr Mundy helped set up music events to raise money for the many causes he supported, including the work of Newham Asian Women's Project.

"But most of all Gilly had a rare gift that made him so special; the ability to connect on a personal level, quietly and generously, with absolutely everyone he met," Mr Blowe added.

"It was a talent that made him so important to those he supported in his work and so loved by his wife Debbie, his family and the huge number of friends who now grieve for him."

* Over the past year, Mr Mundy was involved in helping to set up a charity to support projects and build a school in northern India.

Anyone wishing to donate to this cause should make cheques payable to The Buwan Kothi International Trust, and send them to The John Taylor Funeral Service, 1-3 Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1EZ. Mr Mundy's funeral took place yesterday.

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