Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Inspiration, friend and Mama

First, and above all, Sue Hayward is Mama to her family of 58 Happy House kids.
To the rest of us she our friend and our inspiration.
It was fitting that the second birthday celebration at the Hotel Sheraton, Blackpool, should also provide an opportunity for Ruth Lloyd-Williams founder of Network She, a network of business women from the north of England and Wales, to present Sue with their Fundraiser of the Year Award, sponsored by CostCo.
Sue was unable to be at the awards ceremony in November but was absolutely delighted to hear that she had been chosen, and doubly delighted that Ruth came to our event to present it to her.
The sparkling glass trophy will join Sue's other cherished awards in her Happy House office.
As we know, life is not about awards or rewards for Sue. She is driven by the vulnerable, destitute, children she is helping. They are and will remain her focus.
Dr Steve Cushing, her former GP and a good friend and fundraiser, was able to capture, on camera, the essence of Sue's motivation and to draw a picture of the her work, whilst he and his wife Cherith were visiting the Happy House earlier this year.
Helped by Sheila Davies, a fellow member of Poulton-le-Fylde Photographic Society, they  have produced an emotional and telling audio visual presentation, Making a Difference: The Happy House and Esther's Story, which was shown for the first time on Friday.
You can watch it for yourself by following this link
Please shwo it to your friends and if you, or they, should you want to know more about how you can help please email me, in the UK, elizabethgomm@childrenofwatamu.net
*Sue is pictured with Ruth Lloyd-Williams, and also with Dr Steve Cushing and Sheila Davies.