Stalwart fundraiser, Sue Tucker, is retiring after 13 years’ service at the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal. To mark the occasion, Sue celebrated her last day with a party, which was attended by many supporters of the charity whom she has built relationships with over the years. A dear friend of Sue’s and supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal, Angela Calvert-Jones was delighted to surprise Sue at her retirement celebration with a cheque for over £9,000 for the charity raised through the recent History Makers of Bath Exhibition.
Sue has worked on an immense variety of projects during her time as a member of the Appeal team. Within the past year, one of these projects has involved supporting Angela on the development of the History Makers of Bath, a major outdoor exhibition celebrating the great men and women of the city. Whilst on display in Bath City Centre throughout September and October this year, the exhibition attracted thousands of visitors to view the 30 large and colourful panels, which displayed a series of creative and inspiring images, together with information relating to famous and infamous characters who have contributed to forming Bath’s rich cultural heritage.
Organiser of the History Makers of Bath exhibition, Angela Calvert-Jones, comments: “When I first told Sue about my idea to hold a Bath outdoor street exhibition to celebrate history makers of the city and raise money for the cancer unit, she was not only incredibly positive and encouraging, but she suggested she should come on board and help, which is just what she did. I am thrilled that we have been able to mark her retirement with the surprise presentation of a significant donation from this project”
During her time as Development Officer, Sue has worked on securing several million pounds of support for the hospital, helping provide additional medical equipment and facilities to complement the existing high quality care at the RUH. Sue’s passion for the cause and engaging personality has led her to build many long lasting relationships for the charity, including that with the Dyson Foundation. One of the peaks in Sue’s career was Sir James Dyson confirming a donation of £4m to help build a new and innovative Cancer Centre for the hospital.
Tim Hobbs, head of the fundraising team at The Forever Friends Appeal, and who has worked with Sue for the full 13 years comments:
“Sue’s compassion and dedicated spirit has enabled her to build strong relationships with charity supporters and has helped provide medical services for every member of the community living in BANES, Somerset, Mendip and Wiltshire. I know that one of her other lasting memories will be the role that the Appeal played in helping to fund the magnificent premature baby unit here at the RUH – The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care. It is a legacy for the hospital and the local community that any fundraiser should be proud of. Sue has had a stamina and commitment to supporting the NHS over the years that has never waivered – we will miss her, but wish her well in her new life with husband Mike and her family in Devon”.