My Shoreham-based sister has just pointed me to your obituary of Elvi Rhodes.

I remember Elvi in 1959, when I was 11 and she was 42, producing a play called The Camp for World Refugee Year, a play which she and her husband and my parents took round the churches and village halls of London and Surrey.

In 1966 she gave me my first job. She was running the office which on December 1 that year launched Shelter, the national campaign for the homeless.

I became the office boy. That was some ‘gap year’ and ever since then both religious drama and Shelter have been very important to me.

Last June I retired as Dean of Brecon Cathedral in Wales always thankful for the wonderful woman who gave me my first break.

The Very Reverend Geoffrey Marshall, Oakwood, Derby