We thought you would like to know that our dear friend and colleague Sue Bailey was laid to rest yesterday in a wonderfully peaceful woodland setting in Buckinghamshire.
Whilst we and many others will miss Sue’s immense sense of fun, her wonderful creativeness and willingness to help others, we know she would be wondering what all the fuss was about and wanting us to carry on as normal.
Many people have asked if there is anything they can do to show their respects and there are two causes that were very close to Sue’s heart.
The first is the charity MIND, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress. If you would like to make a donation to MIND you can do so on the MIND website. You can buy or sell items on eBay with a percentage of the sale price being donated to MIND, or you can click the “donate” tab on the MIND Missionfish page to donate through PayPal.
The second cause which Sue absolutely supported won’t cost you a penny. Sue was fully signed up on the NHS Organ Donor Register and encouraged others to do likewise. Helping someone live after you have passed away is possibly the greatest gift anyone can give and we would encourage those who are not on the Organ Donor Register to consider adding your name in memory of Sue.
We also will be organising a time for those that wish to meet up and remember Sue towards the end of September and will let you have details nearer the time. This will of course be in the way that Sue would heartily approve of and how many of you will remember her – in the pub.
We would like to thank everyone who has left tributes in memory of Sue and emailed or telephoned us. They have bought an awful lot of comfort to both us and to Sue’s family. The messages have given Sue’s family an insight into just how well known, respected and loved she was, as well as the help she gave so many people over so many years and we would like to thank you for that on their behalf.
Chris Dawson and Dan Wilson