Puebla, Mexico — British charity boss, Alison Lane, has passed away at the age of 54 after suffering complications from a spider bite.
Lane, who was from Dyserth and Llangernyw in North Wales, lived in Puebla, Mexico where she dedicated herself to helping street children.
She will be remembered for transforming the lives of thousands of street children in Mexico and Peru, where she worked as director general of the international Juconi charity.
Lane was hospitalized for several weeks after being bitten by a Brown Recluse spider. She died of a heart attack due to septic shock.
A post on the Juconi Mexico Facebook page said: “With deep sorrow we regret to inform that our general director, Alison Lane, passed away due to a medical complication after being hospitalized for several weeks.
“All of us that shared her life and work commit, now more than ever, to continue her vision and to keep alive the work she led for 25 years in Fundacin JUCONI, contributing to improve the lives of thousands of children and their families within and outside our country.”
The Railway Children charity also posted on its website: “Alison has led the way in developing practice and services for thousands of the most vulnerable and abused children in street situations around the world.
“Her influence, knowledge and experience has played an instrumental part in shaping Railway Children’s programs today.”
“Her spirit will live on in the lives of the thousands of people across the world that are all the better for having known her, and for the thousands more that have been touched by the care and love of those that worked under her guidance.”
Lane was a mother to two and awarded an OBE for her work. She attended Ysgol Glan Clwyd, in St Asaph, and in later life graduated from Warwick University.
Both Mexico and Peru are home to numerous venomous breeds of spider including the aggressive brown recluse.