Funeral date set for writer and critic Amanda


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

Amanda was found dead at her home in March.

A whirlwind of a woman but always thinking of others before herself.

Dianne Dudley

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 Lewes Road, Brighton.

There will be a service held by Reverend Vicki Martin in the North Chapel.

Amanda, who was known as Wilko to her friends, also wrote for the Gazette and 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 a tthe Natwest Island Games in Jersey 
later this year and had also landed a post at the Brighton Amex 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.

Amanda went on to work at the Sussex Express and contributed articles, theatre reviews and the 
regular Parish Pump section for Seaford and Newhaven areas.

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 worker specially being a games maker at 
the London Olympics and 
was so looking forward this year to being involved with the rugby world cup, Brighton marathon and the games in Jersey.

“She was also involved with her local community and was on the committee for the Denton challenge in June and last year joined the South Heighton bonfire society.

“She loved helping 
others and raising money for charity.

“That is how she will be remembered.”

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