We are very sad to have learnt today of the death of our co-founder Alex Mates at her home in Romania earlier this week.
Alex brought the idea of a Library of Things to Oxford, called the meetings that brought it into being, and was instrumental in setting it up, inspiring it with her enthusiasm and devotion. She also started up and ran our Repair Cafés for a couple of years.
Alex was young, energetic, and very committed to the issues that underpin SHARE Oxford. Waste was her enemy. She worked in the waste team of the City Council. She set up the Circular Collective as a local manifestation of how the circular economy should work. And she saw repairing and sharing as causes to both promote and implement.
Alex was full of ideas, too many ideas sometimes, and had a strong sense of community. I’m sure that many people will have benefitted from knowing Alex and doing things with her. That’s certainly true of me.
Maurice, co-founder with Alex of SHARE Oxford
Alex’s former employers, ODS, have put together a page to raise money for Mind. Donations in her memory would be very welcome. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alexandramates