The Bella Moss Foundation has expressed sadness at the death of its first honorary patron, journalist Claire Rayner. President Jill Moss said: “I owe a great debt to Claire… without her generous and caring nature the foundation would probably not exist.”

The Bella Moss Foundation has expressed sadness at the death of its first honorary patron, journalist Claire Rayner.
 
Claire Rayner (1931-2010)Jill Moss, president of The Bella Moss Foundation, said: “I owe a great debt to Claire. After my companion dog Bella died from the effects of MRSA, Claire was kind enough to let me visit with her. She helped me understand that there was a way of directing my grief into helping other pet owners in the same situation that I had faced and she understood how difficult I found it to think clearly about what to do.
 
Her advice and guidance was invaluable, as was her understanding and support, and although she was ill even at that time, she agreed to lend her name to the foundation as honorary patron on the understanding that her commitment would be extremely limited.  It’s fair to say that without her generous and caring nature the foundation would probably not exist.”
 
Claire Rayner was honorary patron of The Bella Moss Foundation from 2005 until she stepped down in 2008 and, although unable to be involved in the foundation’s activities, was always interested in hearing of its developments and was pleased that her name brought the benefits it did.
 
The Bella Moss Foundation sends it deep condolences to Claire’s family, and shares with all of those who knew and worked with Claire the knowledge that she was a unique person, caring in her concern for people and passionate in her beliefs. 
 
Ms Moss said: “Britain is poorer for her passing”.

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