Sunderland sheltered accommodation manager retires after 30 years

Manager of St Aldates Court, Susannah Dodds (front left) is presented with flowers at her retirement party from friends and residents.
Manager of St Aldates Court, Susannah Dodds (front left) is presented with flowers at her retirement party from friends and residents.
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A POPULAR manager at a sheltered housing scheme is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to her tenants.

Sue Dodds was given an emotional send-off by residents at St Aldates Court, in Grindon, Sunderland.

The 67-year-old has both lived and worked at the Gartland Road site, where she has also seen her three sons grow up.

“It’s a very close-knit community here,” she said. “We live at the site as well – the job comes with accommodation – so it’s also been our home for a long time.

“I’ve had an amazing time here. I’ve met so many fantastic people.”

After dedicating three decades to St Aldates Court, which has 33 apartments, the grandmother, from Grindon, admitted she was going to miss her “extended family”, who held a surprise party in her honour.

“One of the tenants had arranged a little party for me,” she said. “It was very emotional. It was great to see everyone, but I’ll also miss them a lot.”

Sue now plans to enjoy a well-earned holiday, with a trip to Russia and a cruise up the Panama Canal already in the offing.

Resident Mary Robson, 83, said Sue put her “whole heart and soul” into her job.

“We’re all going to miss her. We’re sad to see her go, but we’re all going to keep in touch with her.”