Staff at the Help for Heroes Colchester Recovery Centre were so keen that Sue Morgan's years of dedication were recognised, that they nominated her for the Charity’s top award.
Launched in 2010 the annual Hero Awards, champions fundraisers, volunteers and supporters of the Charity, that make a huge difference to the lives of those who have become wounded, injured or sick, and their families, while serving our country.
Humble Sue, accepted the award for ‘True Dedication’ as a Help for Heroes Volunteer at an emotional ceremony at Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.
“It was wonderful to meet some of the men and women who benefit, it was really empowering and very moving.
“I enjoy giving something back, and meeting these brave beneficiaries’ makes you want to go on and do more,” said Sue.
There are now over 90 volunteers in Essex alone that, like Sue, have a passion for the charity and are prepared to “Do their Bit.”
As the Essex Volunteer County Co-ordinator, Sue has given almost nine years of dedicated service to her beloved charity. When she started there were only a dozen local volunteers who ‘just fell into it’ giving their time organising cake bakes, collections and attending shows and rallies.
Throughout the evening, 29 awards were handed out with categories including Outstanding Fundraising and Commitment, Services Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and Extraordinary Bravery and Dedication to Help for Heroes. The awards were presented to the winners by wounded men and women who have benefited first-hand from the efforts of supporters.
Carole Groves, Regional Income Manager East, at Help for Heroes, said: “Sue’s commitment over the years has never wavered. She continues to work endless hours voluntarily for the charity not only co-ordinating a team of Essex volunteers but organising and attending her own events in the region,
“Sue is a shining example of a Help for Heroes volunteer and why we continue to be successful in doing what we do; providing direct and practical support for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.”
The Army is in Sue’s blood. Her father Jim Sullivan was a Senior Warrant Officer with the Green Jackets now the Rifles, and as child she travelled all over the world, including spells living in Kenya and Malaysia until returning to Colchester in 1967 when Jim left the army.
As a sales assistant for an American clothing firm, Sue met Belinda Mitchell, the sister of Emma Parry Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, and the long association and deep fondness for the charity began.
“I had the most amazing childhood, I would never have seen Kenya if it hadn’t been for the Army. I consider this to be payback for all the incredible experiences I’ve had,” said Sue.
Sue has been instrumental in organising the ‘Bake for Heroes’ event held every April in Colchester town centre. Hundreds of cakes are baked and generously donated by local people and businesses, supermarkets, WI’s and baking enthusiasts.
Helped by a band of enthusiastic volunteers the event has raised over £55k since it began in 2008.
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