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Helen, Lady Faudel Phillips of Balls Park, Hertford

She was the daughter of Joseph Moses Levy, the founder and proprietor of the Daily Telegraph and in 1867 married George Faudel Phillips who was knighted following his year as Lord Mayor of London (1896-7). On coming to Balls Park, Mrs Faudell-Phillips, although Jewish by religion, took an immediate interest in All Saints School, raising money through concerts, bazaars and subscriptions to make improvements. She became a Vice-President for the British Red Cross Society in Hertfordshire.

She died on 6 August 1916 and her obituary in the Hertfordshire Mercury for 12 August 1916 noted that:
Although of the Jewish faith she was a ready helper in the work of all religious denominations. During the mayoralty of her husband, she raised funds under auspices of Queen Alexandra for a dinner for the poor to celebrate the diamond Jubilee leading to the Alexandra Trust to provide meals at cost price to city workers in factories. She was Lady President of the League of Mercy in the district and a recent pleasure was the way the public responded to the Alexandra Day in support of the League.

Also in same edition is a reprint of letter to Daily Telegraph referring to “her practical ability and unbounded generosity” and ” her first instinct was to be kind” showing “great organising ability”, “inspired others”, “the cheerfullest soul alive – a ray of sunshine”.
The obituary also includes a photograph.