She may not have been crowned Inspirational Woman of the Year, but Sue Burton feels “totally privileged” to have been considered.
As reported last week, Sue, 56, was one of just three women shortlisted for the Lorraine Kelly award, in recognition of the work she has done with two bereavement charities since losing her son Martin to a brain haemorrhage in 2003, at the age of 16. She was nominated by Linda McCay, whose son Marc was saved by the donation of Martin’s heart.
On Monday, at a special lunch attended by a number of celebrities, Sue found out she was a runnerup. She said: “We all had an fantastic time. I met the other two finalists on the day of the lunch. They are both lovely ladies who work tirelessly for their causes. We were taken to hair and make-up and then to choose an outfit for the day before a red carpet press reception at the Intercontinental hotel prior to the lunch with 400 inspirational ladies.”
Among them were Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, singer Katie Melua, comedian Jo Brand, Corrie actress Sally Dynevor and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.
Sue said: “It has been the most amazing experience which I will never forget. When you work for a charity you don’t think anyone is noticing what you do as you do it for you own reasons, in my case in loving memory of Martin. During the last couple of weeks I have received such fantastic support and good wishes from my work colleagues and friends. It has given me such confidence in that what I do matters.”
* Sue is a trustee for The Donor Family Network, a charity which encourages people to discuss their wishes regarding organ donation with their families.
* The Compassionate Friends offers peer-to-peer support to parents who have lost a child. Sue runs a monthly support group for bereaved parents from her home, and is also a member of the charity’s telephone helpline team, answering calls from parents who are struggling with the enormous grief that follows the death of a child. Any parents wishing to find out more can call Sue on 01476 571590 or email email@example.com