Alan Brooke

Alan Brooke, a devoted volunteer and charity worker who was honoured in the Queen's new year's honours for his public service, has died.

Alan Brooke, a devoted volunteer and charity worker who was honoured in the Queen's new year's honours for his public service, has died.

The elderly, needy, disabled and disadvantaged children were among the wide spectrum of people who benefitted from the Dereham man's generosity.

In 1993 Mr Brooke was made an OBE in recognition of his voluntary and charity services across East Anglia.

Since 1965 he had organised 20 summer camps for disadvantaged children and that led on to the annual holidays arranged for disabled people and then for elderly people.


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It was all under the banner of TOC-H, a charity he was proud to be associated with and worked for in so many ways.

He is survived by his two daughters, his second wife Janet, stepsons and daughters and the combined grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Janet said: "He always stated that there were three great interests in his life - the church, Toc-H and freemasonry, but where one ended and another began he could not say. To him they all embraced the same principle - to give help whenever and wherever he could."

Born in Surrey, Mr Brooke moved to Norfolk in 1955 and worked for Dereham trailer maker Cranes for about 13 years in the sales department. He then worked for Shepherds lorry firm and ended his working life at Suffolk Red Cross.

A service of celebration will be held at Dereham's St Nicholas Parish Church on June 23, 11am.

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