A CHAMPION of the community has been given a big thank- you from the pensioners she supports.
Care worker Sue Dodds was left speechless, when the users of St Aldate’s Court sheltered accommodation in Grindon held a surprise floral presentation for her.
It was to mark her years of dedication to them, and also to countless charities across Sunderland and nationally.
Sue, scheme manager at the Gartland Road centre, has worked there for 30 years.
During that time has run hundreds of fun events raising thousands of pounds for charity, as well as dedicating her life to making sure it’s never a dull moment for the elderly people who live there.
Frances Nesbitt, one of the residents, contacted the Echo because she wanted everyone in the city to know about the work Sue does.
“Sue is absolutely amazing,” she said.
“She works way above and beyond the call of duty for everyone. She just never stops.
She does so much for us and deserves every bit of recognition she gets.”
Frances added: “She is just full of energy. If anyone needs something doing, they always go to Sue for help.”
She said fun-loving Sue, who often dons fancy dress for charity nights, is always planning events for people at the centre, from everyday things such as coffee mornings and visitors to activities such as holidays abroad and trips to the theatre.
As well as that, the centre is continually raising money for charities, including Help for Heroes, Cancer Research, the Sunderland RNLI, The North East Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer, to name but a few.
Sue said: “I couldn’t do it on my own. Everyone at the centre helps out and supports the fund-raising events. I’m never usually lost for words, but I don’t know what to say.”
Sue, 67, who is married with three sons and four grandchildren, said she loves her job at St Aldate’s Court too much to be considering retiring just yet.