My sister Linda Harvey and I would often discuss the world’s problems, feeling they were totally beyond our power to rectify, but every now and then Linda, who has died aged 77, would seize hold of an issue – the Biafran famine of the late 1960s was the first I remember – and refuse to let it go.

She took part in CND vigils at military establishments, organised fundraising events for charities including ShelterBox and the RNLI, and got involved with anything, in fact, where she felt that someone should do something to help. Each Christmas Day, she would dash into (and very quickly out of) the sea to raise funds for the NSPCC. Linda’s sense of community was very strong, too, and she put as much effort into creating a local market in her home village, Carnon Downs, near Truro, Cornwall, as into trying to create a fairer world.

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