TRIBUTES have been paid to a doctor described as a “major influence” on improving the lives of children and young people.
Dr Carys Mair Graham died aged 65 at Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham on March 18 after a period of illness.
She was a mainstay of children’s protection in the region and has been remembered as “the voice of all children and young people's health and wellbeing in North Wales”.
She worked for North Wales Health Authority as designated doctor for child protection, liaising with social services and police in cases involving children and had been in the role since its creation in 1996.
Mrs Graham also worked for the North East Wales Hospital Trust in a separate role looking after children with special needs.
She was a community pediatrician with the National Public Health Service, based at Preswylfa Hendy Road, Mold.
Mrs Graham, of Hope Mountain, was part of the team which wrote the
all-Wales child protection procedures, introduced in June 2002.
She was made an OBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.
Mrs Graham also worked for the Children in Wales and at children’s unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
She is survived by her children Heather and Tim and husband Barry, who paid a warm tribute to his late wife.
He said: “Carys played an important role in the all Wales services for child protection.
“She was ruthless in the standards she wished to set, and these still serve Welsh children today.
“In the interests of children she would take on anybody, had a lot of guts and even when in declining health Carys found time to care for her family.”
Mrs Graham loved Scotland – especially Mull and Iona – where she and her husband honeymooned.
She also loved watching birds and reading.
Chief executive of Children in Wales, Catriona Williams worked alongside Mrs Graham and spoke highly of her former colleague.
“Carys was a major influence on improving the lives of children and young people in North Wales.
“She was totally dedicated to their health and wellbeing and was an important member of the Children in Wales policy council.
“Carys was a tremendous advocate of the health of children in North Wales, I would say she was the voice of all children and young people's health and wellbeing in North Wales,” she said.
Mrs Graham’s funeral will take place at Capel y Groes, Wrexham, on Tuesday at 1.15pm, followed by cremation at Pentrebychan Crematorium at 3pm.
She left a detailed plan for the arrangements of her funeral and requested those attending wear a splash of colour for the service.