Baroness Masham, a Paralympian and the longest serving feminine peer, has died aged 87.
The charity she based, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), mentioned she died peacefully in hospital on Sunday.
Her fellow Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, was amongst these paying tribute.
“Really sad to hear of the passing of Baroness Masham (Sue),” Baroness Grey-Thompson tweeted.
“The first Paralympian in the House of Lords. She competed in the 1960 games.”
The Paralympics GB web site describes Baroness Masham as “one of Great Britain’s first ever Paralympic medallists” and a “pioneering athlete”.
The unbiased crossbencher, whose title was Susan Cunliffe-Lister, campaigned passionately on incapacity rights.
She was made a life peer in 1970.
“We are extremely sad to announce that our founder and life-long president, Baroness Sue Masham of Ilton, passed away peacefully at Northallerton Hospital on Sunday 12 March,” the SIA mentioned.
“It goes without saying that everybody at the Spinal Injuries Association is devastated to have lost our greatest champion.
“Forty 9 years in the past, in 1974, she based SIA which explains we’ve got been capable of champion, battle, serve and assist hundreds of spinal wire injured folks ever since.
“Our condolences go to her family at this sad time.”
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Double Paralympian Pippa Britton, who competed on the GB archery group for 15 years, mentioned she was “so sad” to listen to of the baroness’s loss of life, tweeting: “She competed within the 1960 Paralympics and tirelessly spoke up for disabled folks.
“She was a real character and thoughts are with her friends and family.”