Heather's sister, Fiona Mills, has condemned the press for the derogatory "rubbish" some newspapers have published about Heather saying, "For the record, my sister is a truly thoughtful, giving and loving person who has always devoted herself to others, whether that be via her charity work or simply helping her family and friends."
Span TV director, Phillip Goodhand-Tait, who has known Heather 18 years, adds that Heather may have been "over-enthusiastic" in helping others saying, "She has courted publicity it is true but has she ever abused her power to generate it? I think not. The public wants Paul and Heather to be happy. They've both known more than their fair share of grief. They are two people who give of themselves generously and have found that what they both need now is love."
David Nix, who has known Heather for 10 years through her charity work. When Mr. Nix's daughter died five years ago, Heather offered tremendous support to his family. He said, "I could relate countless good works that she has carried out mostly with no-one knowing and also mostly out of her own finances. When Heather found out that it had happened (the death of his daughter) she was straight on to us insisting on doing anything she could to help us. Willing to fly anywhere to help us, even support us financially if needed. That is the sort of person she is."
In New York, Maryellen Needham spoke of Heather's work with the disabled in the United States: "We in the USA will gladly have the McCartneys where they are both loved and appreciated."
Heather's friend, Kirsten Lever, feels that "every single newspaper" should apologize to Heather about the negative stories written about her: "She may come across as one of the strongest women in this country but the woman also has feelings and this, just days before her wedding, is so distressing and upsetting for her, her family, her friends, and Sir Paul and his family."
Anne Thompson, who contactedHeather after a friend suffered multiple amputations added: "She took the time out of her busy schedule to call my friend and meet with her personally for an entire day. Her kindness and encouragement touched my friend so much that she regained her will to persevere through amputations of her legs and fingers."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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