Funeral date set for former Eastbourne Herald reporter Amanda Wilkins

Amanda Wilkins
Amanda Wilkins

A date has been set for the funeral of former Herald reporter Amanda Wilkins.

Amanda was found dead at her home in March.

She had been suffering with a virus for some time and died of a clot on the lung at 
the sheltered housing complex she lived in at South Heighton.

Amanda’s funeral will be held at 10am on May 27 at the Woodvale Crematorium, in Brighton. There will be a service held by Rev Vicki Martin in the North Chapel.

Amanda, who was known as Wilko to her friends, also wrote for the Herald’s sister paper, the Sussex Express.

The 70-year-old was a popular figure in Seaford, Newhaven and on the Eastbourne theatre scene.

She had run five London marathons and was a stalwart supporter of various charities and youth groups.

She was looking forward to working at the Natwest Island Games in Jersey later this year and had also landed a post at the Amex Stadium in Brighton for the rugby World Cup.

Born in Derbyshire, Amanda moved to London and worked in theatre administration before moving to Eastbourne where she landed a job at the Eastbourne Herald.

She later went on to work for the Sussex Express.

Speaking in a tribute to Amanda after her death, her next of kin Dianne Dudley said, “Amanda was an amazing person. She ran five London marathons, raising hundreds for charity.

“A whirlwind of a woman but always thinking of others before herself. She got great pleasure in her volunteer work.

“She loved helping others and raising money for charity.

“That is how she will be remembered.”

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