AN INQUEST has been opened into the death of a trustee of a major Hampshire charity.

Timothy Jobling, 74, a long-serving trustee of the Barker-Mill Foundation and former chairman of the Winchester Medical Foundation, had been suffering with metastatic prostate carcinoma when his condition deteriorated and paramedics were called to his home on December 6.

Mr Jobling, of Main Road, Owslebury, near Winchester, was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died on December 9.

Area coroner Jason Pegg opened an inquest at Winchester Coroner’s Court.

A post mortem carried out found that Mr Jobling died of neutropenic septic shock, bone marrow infiltration and metastatic prostate adenoma carcinoma.

Mr Pegg adjourned the hearing for a full inquest to take place on September 7, next year.

The Barker-Mill Foundation has paid tribute. Its chairman Richard Moyse said:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tim Jobling, executive trustee of the Barker-Mill Foundation. Tim was appointed as a trustee in 1995 and in his 25 years with us was a huge asset to the Foundation.

“His passion and continued championing for charities ensured support was provided to causes that most benefitted the wider Hampshire community, and his compassion, dedication and loyalty for helping others was admirable and unstinting, we shall all miss him.

“We offer our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to Tim’s family and loved ones.”

The foundation was established in 1995 and has donated £4 million to local charities, schools, organisations and people needing support, primarily in south west Hampshire.

It was set up with funds provided by members of the Barker-Mill family in memory of their father and grandfather, Peter Barker-Mill.