Fond memories of ‘selfless’ Neville Hydes who set up Toolbar group

Neville Hydes
Neville Hydes

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a “selfless” man who spent his life putting other people’s needs before his own.

Neville Hydes, from Thurlby, was one of the founders of Bourne-based charity Toolbar, which worked to help people get back to work.

Mr Hydes, pictured, set up the group with Andy McManus, now minister of Morton Baptist Church. Mr McManus said: “He never really started a sentence with ‘I’. It was always how are you, what’s happening in your world. He was selfless.”

Mr McManus recalled how Toolbar was set up because Mr Hydes wanted to help a neighbour who had fallen on hard times.

He said: “Neville said there was a swathe of people in Bourne that were just under the radar and had never been unemployed before.

“They couldn’t afford things like gas and electric and he said we needed to help them.”

Despite poor showings at early meetings Mr Hydes kept faith with Toolbar and the charity now has 25 people at every weekly meeting.

Mr Hydes also helped Mr McManus on a personal level after a motorbike accident, which left him with a severe foot injury. He said: “He came round and told me I was feeling sorry for myself and we were going out.

“He made me sit in a posh cafe with my leg up in the air. I was so grateful because I wouldn’t leave the house.”

Mr Hydes died aged 71 at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice on March 18 after a complicated stomach illness.

His funeral was held at Bourne Baptist Church on April 4.