Honour for Sue marks a lifetime of care

Brian House play worker Sue Pelling, with Nicole Russel, aged two

Brian House play worker Sue Pelling, with Nicole Russel, aged two

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The difference one kind-hearted woman makes to the lives of poorly children and their families has been recognised.

Sue Pelling, playworker at Brian House Children’s Hospice in Bispham, has been presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sue, who has worked at the hospice for 15 years, was honoured at the Radio Wave Hero In The Community Awards 2014, at the Hilton Hotel.

She said she was delighted when her name was announced on the night.

She said: “It was really exciting, and I felt humbled.

“I feel I’m just doing my job, and I don’t feel I’m doing anything more special than anyone else at Brian House.

“Even to just be nominated, by my daughter, Katrina Taylor, was a lovely surprise.

“It was a bit of a shock when my name was announced as the winner. It was really emotional.

“My mum was there with me on the night, as well as my son and daughter and my friend. So it was really nice.”

Sue’s role includes organising all the play activities at Brian House, as well as day trips, Christmas parties and special visits – such as the annual visit by The Grand pantomime cast.

She also works with bereaved parents and siblings to create memory boxes. She takes lots of photos during play activities and creates scrapbooks for families to treasure.

Sue said: “A lot of my work involves helping to create special memories for children and families.

“With children coming towards end of life, we try to do everything we can to make their wishes come true, so we might have an early Christmas party, we might have a birthday party, a visit from a Princess – all sorts of things.

“The play activities are important for the children.

“We try to make Brian House a home away from home.

“The children get to enjoy the activities any able-bodied child could enjoy, they just might need extra help and very special care – which we provide, as well as helping them have lots of fun.

“It’s very rewarding. I get great job satisfaction from seeing the children smile and knowing our team is making a difference.”