Paulette Wilson, who came to the UK from Jamaica in the late 1960s, passed away unexpectedly at age 64. Wilson spent two years under the threat of deportation despite having lived in the UK for nearly 50 years and was wrongly locked up in a detention centre before she was told in 2017 that she could stay in the UK.
Speaking to the BBC about the experience in the detention centre 2019 , Ms Wilson said: “I couldn’t sleep. It was terrible. It’s been like that since I came out. I still can’t eat like I used to.”
Her daughter Natalie Barnes said: “My mum was a fighter and she was ready to fight for anyone. She was an inspiration to many people. She was my heart and my soul and I loved her to pieces.