A GRANDMOTHER who campaigned to make the public more aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide has died at the age of 77.
Eileen Denton bravely spoke out to support a campaign for greater awareness of the dangers of the silent killer after she was left suffering lifelong effects from the poisonous fumes.
Mrs Denton was born in Huddersfield on New Year’s Day 1932 and grew up in Rashcliffe.
She attended Longley Hall School and left at the age of 14 to work in the offices of Crowther and Nicholsons Mill in Fartown.
Mrs Denton later worked as a secretary for G & G H Crowther Land Estate Agents at Trinity Street in Huddersfield for 20 years.
She hit the Examiner headlines in the mid-1990s after she was poisoned by fumes leaking for three years from an incorrectly-fitted gas fire at her Golcar home.
Mrs Denton, who only survived because of an open window, then spent years campaigning for carbon monoxide awareness and the need for more safety checks.
While housebound, she took up crafts and writing and her letters and articles became frequent features in the Huddersfield Examiner.
After she became computer literate in early 2000, Mrs Denton wrote more articles for the paper and was known for swapping banter with columnist Denis Kilcommons.
In one article, after breaking her wrist, she championed the rapid response team and home care services.
Up to this year she was on the Kirklees Readers Panel, proof-reading leaflets for Kirklees and the NHS and also for the church magazine at St John’s Church in Golcar.
She was a member of Huddersfield Tennis Club at Lockwood, where she met her husband, Geoffrey Denton.
When he died in 1984 she became a member of the National Association of Widows.
Mrs Denton also acted as Deanery Secretary of Huddersfield Mothers’ Union and Secretary of the Golcar branch.
She was Brown Owl at the 42nd Woodhouse Pack at Sheepridge and parent governor at Fartown Secondary Modern in the 1970s.
She was Trustee of Small Steps at Ellerslie, a cause close to her heart because of her late daughter, Susan, who had special needs.
Mrs Denton loved going on family holidays to Filey and leaves children Thomas and Amanda and four grandchildren.
Her daughter, Amanda Grayson, said: “Whenever she could do something she did it . She was a strong and courageous lady and I am very proud to say she was my mum.”