TRIBUTES have been paid to a “stalwart and dedicated citizen” of Barry who regularly organised fundraisers for Llandough Hospital.

Jack Hardman, died at the age of 88 at Llandough Hospital on Sunday, July 8. He was described as a local “educator and environmentalist” who was part of many groups within the community.

Michelle Fowler, the volunteer services manager at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said Mr Hardman was very involved in a variety of community projects.

She said: “On behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Health board I’d like to express our deepest condolences to Mr Hardman’s family. Jack was a tireless volunteer who used his love of the Scout movement to help hospital patients at University Hospital Llandough.

“Jack was instrumental in leading a community project at University Hospital Llandough, working with the Scout and Guide groups in Barry and Penarth to organise a variety of fundraising events during the past 30 years.

“Money raised at these events was then used to provide travel and accommodation for visitors to UHL for those who could not get to the hospital easily, and offered a place to stay for friends and relatives who live far away.

“I’d like to thank Jack and his family for their commitment, hard work and dedication to our patients and visitors over the past 30 years.”

Vale AM Jane Hutt also paid tribute to Mr Hardman.

She said: "Jack was a stalwart and dedicated citizen and an educator and environmentalist who was far ahead of his time. His most endearing quality for me was his relentless enthusiasm and optimism, and for a time he was one of my most welcome ‘regulars’ at my surgeries.

"He involved me in all of his campaigns from the time I became the Vale Assembly Member in 1999, to more recent times when his health was failing. But I always enjoyed my visits to Wenvoe Terrace to meet Jack and Margaret for a ‘catch up’ on issues and events.

"A retired teacher, he never ceased his interest in education for himself and others-especially young people- and he was honoured as a Scout leader of many decades at a special ceremony in Barry.

"Jack Hardman was also greatly loved at Llandough Hospital where he organised volunteering and he was equally admired for his support for the future of the Boys Village at St Athan. As a keen footballer and coach, his campaign for the Colcot Sports Centre was impressive.

"His first campaign was to help tackle dog fouling, but he was equally concerned about recycling at local hotels and Cardiff Airport."