THE family of an elderly woman who died after a car crash have paid tribute to her after their tragic loss.

Lesley Matthews, 82, sustained serious injuries when she was involved in a collision in Woodlands Road, East Grinstead on Tuesday last week.

Ms Matthews, who is from East Grinstead, later died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

In a tribute written on behalf of her family, her granddaughter Steph said: “Lesley Matthews, formerly Bridgland, was a true East Grinstead lady; known and loved by so many.

“She was generous beyond her means, a quality which could be seen in the extensive charity work she undertook, most notably for the Red Cross and Activenture at Hindleap Warren, Wych Cross, which organises residential adventure weeks for young people with disabilities and special needs throughout the school holidays.

“Here she touched the lives of so many and will be remembered for her counsel and her cakes.

“Her dedication to the cause, over many decades, was not unnoticed and had been rewarded with an audience at Buckingham Palace with Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, for which her family are very proud.

“Lesley’s desire to help others continues even after her death, for she expressed her wishes to donate her body to medical research.

“Her strength and love, even in her last moments, continue to bring great comfort to her family who will forever feel the void of her passing. Mum, Grandma and friend - a wonderful lady in life, we will always have you in our hearts.”

She is survived by her son, two daughters and three grandchildren.