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185. Sue Brett

An inspirational volunteer from Maidenhead spent Christmas day organising a three course lunch for over 100 elderly members of her community.

Sue, a mother of four and former paralegal, had always felt the need to help disadvantaged people in her local area. In 2010 she decided to take a leap of faith. She quit her job and, backed by a supportive husband, set about helping those in need from the homeless to the elderly. For the last four years she has immersed herself in local charitable projects and in the run up to Christmas has delivered 400 gift packages containing blankets and hats to those in need.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Sue makes an outstanding contribution to her community all year round. For Sue, Christmas isn’t a day off, it’s a time when her town needs her more than ever. With her team of dedicated volunteers Sue creates a special Christmas for 100 elderly people who would otherwise be on their own. I am very pleased to make Sue a Point of Light today.”

Sue said:

“I’m stunned and overwhelmed, to have received this reward. To think that the Prime Minister is aware of what I do is amazing.”

Theresa May MP said:

“Sue Brett has worked tirelessly for disadvantaged people in Maidenhead and her commitment to fighting poverty is well known throughout the local area. I am looking forward to joining her at the Christmas Day lunch with local elderly people, which has become an important annual event in Maidenhead.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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