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Claire Rayner - the 1,000-letters-a-week agony aunt

Claire Rayner, the former agony aunt of The Sun, the Sunday Mirror and Woman’s Own, has died at the age of 79.

At the height of her fame, in the 1970s and 1980s, she was said to receive 1,000 letters a week and to answer them all.

Her parting shot was: “Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I’ll come back and bloody haunt him.”

Her husband Des said: “Through her work she helped hundreds of thousands of people and doubtless, by talking frankly about the importance of safe sex in the eighties when almost nobody else would discuss it, helped to save thousands of lives.

“Through her own approach to life she enabled people to talk about their problems in a way that was unique.

“Right up until her death she was being consulted by both politicians and the medical profession about the best way to provide the health services the nation deserved and nothing mattered to her more than that. Her death leaves a vacancy which will not be filled.”

Rayner began her career as a nurse and while on maternity leave to have her first child became a freelance journalist.

As well as being a newspaper and magazine agony aunt she was prolific broadcaster and author of more than 90 books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Her family have asked that the media leave Mr Rayner to grieve in peace.


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  1. I hope this is relevant as I do need some advice. I have been in the care of Newham Social Services for the past 16 years. I only have an acute mental health problem (Asperger’s Syndrome – diagnosed in 2000.) The case length is mainly attributable to alcohol dependence. However, when you consider that mainstream adult care is normally 2 -3 years. Is my case common or rare? There are a few other issues in addition. I am currently contrasting the diagnosis, as I am sure a previous Social Worker suspected Tourettes and recommended a brief period of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I hope this will be dealt with in the New Year, and either question the consequences if I were misdiagnosed, or why on principle, my case has been kept open for so long, however illicitly stubborn a Service user some consider me! I could continue to mention that my benefits went into appointee ship in 2011, and I was effectively allowed a personal budget of £5 per day. The remainder was sequestrated for other costs e.g. weekly shopping. I have also been under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard for more than a year. It was nuptially to recover from a hospital admission after a serious head injury. However, it is extend by the Court of Protection. despite acute Asperger’s Syndrome, I always seem to ‘subtly’ fall below mental capacity – to be reviewed April 2018. I’ll conclude by asking is this over-bureaucracy or manipulation? Please reply.

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