Hurstpierpoint volunteer Sue receives British Empire Medal

DM1502618a.jpg BEM medal presented to Sue Hill by Lord-Lieutenant Susan Pyper. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150519-161421008
DM1502618a.jpg BEM medal presented to Sue Hill by Lord-Lieutenant Susan Pyper. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150519-161421008

A volunteer from Hurstpierpoint who was recognised in the New Year’s Honours list has been presented with her medal.

Sue Hill was awarded her British Empire Medal at a ceremony at Fairfield Cricket Pavilion in Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint on Tuesday May 19.

She has been involved in the running of a parent and toddler group for 20 years, and children from the group watched her receive the medal.

It was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Susan Pyper.

Sue, 79, said: “We had nearly 20 people with their toddlers. The little ones were making pizzas and that went down very well indeed, it was thoroughly pleasant and lovely.

“I have been with this group for 20 years since I retired. They are lovely, they really are, and it is not work.

“It was a lovely village atmosphere - the rain tried to spoil it but the sun kept shining.”

She added that being awarded the medal is ‘like something happening to other people and not to yourself’.

Sue started the Hurstpierpoint village playgroup in 1965.

Her work with the village branch of Christian charity the Mothers’ Union includes taking over the parent and toddler group in 1996.

She has also run parenting courses, and helped the branch raise funds for local, national and international projects.

Members of the branch also provide crèche facilities in prisons, holidays for families in need and provide cake and support at the Princess Royal Hospital for parents with sick children.

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