A YORK woman who was responsible for awarding grants to charities across Yorkshire has died after a courageous four-year battle against a brain tumour.

Patricia Helen Greenwood, of Sutton Upon Derwent, died peacefully at St Leonard’s Hospice, York, aged 53.

She leaves a husband, Mike Floyd, a brother David and sister-in-law Helen, and three step children.

Mr Floyd said Pat was the Yorkshire regional grant manager for Lloyds Bank Foundation, a charitable arm of the bank that gave over £2 million annually to Yorkshire based charities.

For almost a decade before she retired due to ill health in 2014/15, she was involved in assessing and awarding grants to charities tackling complex social issues.

“Local charities will remember her passion for her work, her empathy for people facing tough issues, and for the commitment she had to creating a stronger voluntary sector for years to come,” he said.

“She was very well-liked and held in high regard by her foundation colleagues, by whom she’s greatly missed.”

He said Pat had attended Fulford School as a teenager before leaving to gain a National Diploma in Art and Design at York College and later obtaining an Honours Degree in Modern Art, Design and Film at Newcastle Polytechnic.

She worked on Benefits Advice in York and later switched to charity grant administration, starting at the Lottery funded Awards for All team based in Leeds and then East Yorkshire Community Council.

He said the family would be ‘eternally grateful’ to health service, hospice at home and hospice staff who helped her cope with dignity until the very end.

He added that after a private cremation Pat would be interred at a private family ceremony, with a memorial event in the spring to celebrate her life.