Appeal for home to help charity boss to recover

Sue Hayward and her husband Dave
Sue Hayward and her husband Dave
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The Blackpool woman behind an African children’s charity has launched an appeal for somewhere on the Fylde coast to stay while she recovers from injury.

Sue Hayward, who is behind the Happy House project to help orphaned, abandoned and abused children in Watamu, is preparing to return to the UK in the next week for urgent medical treatment after she fractured her leg.

After seeing x-rays of her fracture following surgery in Mombasa, orthopaedic consultant Steve Mannion, who carried out her hip revision surgery in Blackpool last year, has advised her to fly home for more treatment.

It’s a devastating blow for Sue and her husband Dave, as it could mean several months away from their beloved Happy House family, although a capable management team has been left behind.

Elizabeth Gomm, Children of Watamu trustee, said: “They needed to fly back as soon as possible, and I am looking for a nice, clean and airy apartment in Poulton or the Newton Drive Blackpool area that is on the ground floor or lift accessible.

“The likelihood is that only unfurnished properties will be an option. in which case I’m hoping there will be enough people on the Fylde coast, businesses or individuals, who will help by donating furniture and household equipment to make a lovely, comfortable, home.

“They have nothing here, so everything from kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery to bedlinen and towels will be needed.

“Even a wheelchair will be required as the one she is using is on loan from Turtle Bay hotel and has to be returned.

“If anyone could help, please email me or call me on 07905 130 589.”