Tributes to health expert William Bingley after fall

William Bingley
Image caption Mr Bingley was said to have had a positive impact on many lives

Tributes have been paid to a leading mental health expert who died when he slipped and fell while walking on a Cumbrian fell.

William Bingley, 61, of Caton, Lancaster, was on a narrow path above Rawthey Gill leading to Uldale Force when he fell on Sunday.

He was airlifted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A family spokesperson said he had "inspired great respect and affection" in those who knew him.

Mr Bingley was walking with his wife, Helen, and a friend when he fell.

'Positive impact'

He was the former chair of NHS North Lancashire and chief executive of the Abaseen Foundation, a charity developing healthcare and education in Khyber Pakhthunwa, North West Pakistan, which he set up with his wife.

He had also been legal director of Mind and wrote the Code of Practice for the 1983 Mental Health Act for the Department of Health.

Mr Bingley was a former chief executive of the Mental Health Act Commission and professor of mental health law and ethics at the University of Central Lancashire.

The spokesperson said: "William inspired great respect and affection in all who knew him.

"His work at home and overseas has made a positive impact on the lives of many.

"He leaves his wife, Helen, two daughters, Alexandra and Harriet, and step-daughter, Andrea.

Details of his funeral will be announced soon.

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