Tributes to “Champion” Credit Union Volunteer

Tributes have been paid to Meryl Cullen, the Credit Unions of Wales Volunteer of the Year Award winner, who has passed away.

Meryl received her accolade last year in honour of her tireless service to Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union of which she was held in the highest of esteem.

Meryl singlehandedly ran a collection point for credit union members in her village for the past 10 years.

Delyth Shearing, General Manager for Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union, said: “We are all deeply shocked at the very sad news of the sudden death of Meryl. She really was the lifeblood of the credit union and felt passionately about helping people in her community which gained her so much respect locally.

“During the last decade she devoted her life to the credit union cause and made many friends. We are certainly going to miss her greatly.”

Meryl worked hard in her community by setting up a collection point in Fir Tree Drive, Quakers Yard where she encouraged residents and neighbours to save money.

Within no time her efforts saw the collection point become the busiest in the Merthyr Tydfil borough.

Originally based in a small portacabin she worked with the wider community, to raise £500,000 to build a community centre which has become a major asset for the village.

Delyth added, “We want to send out deepest condolences to Meryl’s husband Mike and all of the family at this sad time.

“I hope they find some comfort in the knowledge that Meryl made a genuine, positive difference to the lives of very many people due to her commitment and dedication.”

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