Family Fund would like to pay tribute to the Mencap president and dedicated campaigner, Lord Rix, who sadly died on Saturday 20 August aged 92.

Lord Rix was a much-loved comic actor, however when his daughter, Shelley, was born with Down’s Syndrome, he began a lifelong quest to improve the lives of people with a learning disability. His passionate campaigning and dedication led to him being appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 for services to charity, followed by a knighthood, and later being made a life peer in 1992. Earlier this year, Lord Rix was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and died at the weekend.

Jan Tragelles, Mencap’s chief executive, said in a statement that “his tireless campaigning has perhaps done more to improve the lives of people with a learning disability than any other.”

Lord Rix was a supporter of Family Fund, and hosted the launch of our research into grandparent carers, I Wish I Could Just be Grandma, in 2011. Cheryl Ward, Chief Executive at Family Fund (pictured above, with Lord Rix and former Chief Executive Derek Walpole) said, “Lord Rix truly cared, he was warm and funny and did so much for so many. We were privileged to have known him and have him support our work.”

We would like to offer our condolences to Lord Rix’s family and friends, and pay our respects to a remarkable man who dedicated many years of his life to making the world a better place for people with a learning disability.

Mencap have published an obituary of Lord Rix on their website, and are encouraging people to share their stories using the hashtag #LordRixMemories.