A tribute to Ruth Rendell

6 May 2015

Shelter has paid tribute to crime writer and Shelter ambassador Ruth Rendell, who died at the weekend.

In her lifetime Ruth was famous for writing more than 60 novels in a career spanning 50 years, her best-known creation being Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series.

But not so many people will be aware of what an amazing advocate and supporter of charitable causes Ruth was. Here at Shelter she has been a dear friend for well over 20 years.  

Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, said: 'We are extremely saddened to hear of the death of Ruth Rendell.

'Ruth's support over the years has been invaluable to Shelter. Not only has she supported us personally but she has also helped us thank so many of our other supporters, from hosting our annual Summer Reception to personally thanking some of our biggest funders.

'She has also been an active advocate on so many housing issues, helping us achieve real change. Most recently she raised a question for a short debate in the House of Lords, highlighting to many the importance of housing in reducing re-offending rates.

'Ruth will be greatly missed by all of us at Shelter. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this time.'