A grieving mother has paid tribute to her daughter – a fearless human rights campaigner who died aged just 25.
Tanya Henson, known to everyone as TH, suffered from cerebral palsy and learning difficulties.
But despite her physical impairments she found inner strength to champion others and causes close to her heart, including disabled rights.
Her mum Helene, of Lindley, said: “She was never resentful, or blaming about her situation, but always had a care for those around her first and foremost.
“She was born 10 weeks and five days premature and later doctors diagnosed a brain haemorrhage and she had a operation to insert a shunt into her brain.”
Mum-of-three Helene, was assisted by Crossroads Care to help give her support.
TH later attended Rawthorpe Infants and Junior School and Huddersfield Technical College.
Helene said: “I think school gave her motivation and confidence.
“She was becoming her own person.
“At the college she would do tasks such as baking or sewing.
“She became very good at reading people and was very aware of her surroundings.”
Later TH pursued campaigning, as her mum herself does, but she insists it was her own decision.
“She wouldn’t do anything she didn’t want to do or didn’t believe in.
“She campaigned for disabled people’s rights, three times attending demonstrations against Government and council cuts.
“She attended demos against the EDL in Halifax and even reported a man to police for doing a Nazi salute and refused to move until they took action.
“She didn’t shy away from situations.
“She also attended Occupy Leeds in City Square despite problems with her travel arrangements. She never let it faze her, she just stayed focused on what she had set out to do, until she achieved it.”
TH lived with her mum for many years, before moving to specialist adult accommodation, latterly at Ferndale Lodge in Almondbury.
In the final weeks of her life she became unwell and was taken to hospital where a previously undiagnosed abscess was discovered.
She underwent four operations at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary but it had become too advanced and she sadly died on August 3.
Her funeral was held at Huddersfield Crematorium on September 2.
Helene said she wanted to thank Highfields Day Centre, Edgerton, staff at the Commercial Pub, Huddersfield and HAL (Huddersfield Anarchist League) and Vajrapani Centre and staff at HRI ICU for their support.