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Honouring Alfreda Henry

When Alfreda passed away, aged 91, in January, her family invited all those who loved her to give a donation to Wesley Mission in lieu of flowers, in honour of her life of service to others and her special connection to Wesley Mission.

Alfreda was the great-granddaughter of Ebenezer 

Vickery, the politician and philanthropist who in 1906 purchased the Lyceum 

Theatre and generously presented it to the Methodist Church. The site is now our head office and church in Pitt Street, Sydney.

“Our family has a strong Methodist heritage going back many generations,” says Alfreda’s daughter Cathy. “We had and still do have a heart for mission and the gospel. Mum was a warm, friendly, caring woman for whom prayer and service to others was a way of life. She has been a wonderful example to us. So when it came to mum’s service, it just felt right to support an organisation that had meant a lot to her and her family. She’d be thrilled about the gift going to Wesley Mission.”

Alfreda also generously left a gift in her Will to Wesley Dalmar, which provides homes for children and young people in foster care. We thank Alfreda’s family and loved ones for their generosity. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has given a memorial donation that made a difference.

Alfreda’s greatgrandfather, The Hon Ebenezer Vickery, and the building he donated.

Flowers are the traditional way we express sympathy. But today, more people are choosing to make a memorial donation. This is a unique and caring way to honour the life of a loved one who has passed, while helping to support more than 160,000 people in need who turn to Wesley Mission each year.

You can make a donation in memory of your loved one or find out how to organise a collection for your loved one online at Alternatively get in touch on 1800 021 821 or

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