Selfless Newquay mum Belinda Frater was 'one in a million'
A NEWQUAY mother who worked tirelessly for the homeless has been described by loved ones as "one in a million" following her sudden death at 51.
As well as being a wife, mother, sister, aunt, nanny and friend, Belinda Frater had for years spent every Monday and Thursday volunteering at the United Reformed Church's soup kitchen.
Known as Bin to those close to her, and as aunty Binny to her nieces and nephews, she was born in Newquay and lived there her entire life.
Siblings Lou, Roger and Deb called her "one in a million" who always put others before herself.
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Speaking on behalf of them all, Lou said: "Linda was a wonderful and beautiful sister, aunty, friend, mother and wife. If we had a problem and went to Bin it was always, 'Put the kettle on and roll a fag' and talk about it.
"She really loved helping out at the soup kitchen. She would have chats with the homeless people and everything.
"Bin was always there for all the children. No matter who they were, aunty Binny welcomed them into her home and let them get as messy as possible; she always said, 'A messy child is a happy child'."
Lou said Belinda had a great sense of humour and was a good friend to many.
"She never had a bad word to say about anybody," she said.
"She will be sorely missed by many but never forgotten by any of us."
Belinda died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on December 21 of suspected motor neurone disease (MND), a progressive condition that damages the nervous system, leaving muscles wasted and weak.
She was married to Steve, and mother to Dan, 28, Sam, 26 and Ross, 21, aunty to Ryan, Pip, Adie and Darryl and nanny to Keira.
United Reformed Church pastor Andrew Mitchell said Belinda had followed in the footsteps of her late father, who had also volunteered at the soup kitchen before he died four years ago.
"The soup kitchen isn't for everybody," he said.
"You're dealing with people who are shunned by many in the community; it can be difficult. For Belinda to do it voluntarily and for so long showed how much she cared, and we were always very grateful for all of the help she and her family have given us."
A full-time mum, Belinda and Lin Wills, her best friend since childhood, were Tuesday regulars at the Central Pub in Newquay.
The pair became known locally as "the soup ladies".
Linda said: "Bin and I shared our dreams, our secrets and our tears but most of all our laughter.
"We laughed until we cried and Bin's sense of humour had us giggling like children.
"She was such a special and beautiful friend and I miss her so much.
"She will be missed greatly by all the family and all who knew her."