Sue Smith – 2018 Skelly Award Winner
A few words from Sue, who was nominated by her peers for the Skelly Award….
Well, that was a memorable night at The Brewery! I’m so thrilled to have been chosen for the Skelly Award, what an absolute honour and big thanks to those of you that put my name forward. Paul was such a lovely guy, one of life’s special souls and he really did set a precedent as a faithful ambassador for O2e; yours was a hard act to follow Mr Skelly.
Not one for running marathons or cycling hundreds of miles, I’ve busied myself this year with a combination of fun challenges and alternative fundraising events. Introducing new people to O2e is crucial to its continued success and to see them embrace the ethos and sign up for their own challenges is hugely rewarding.
I do believe it’s not always the biggest gestures that have most effect either; collectively we can make a huge difference by doing little things that take least effort. Shopping via The Giving Machine for instance and encouraging friends and family to do the same at this time of year will definitely help boost the coffers and if you have any unwanted Xmas gifts to sell, choose the donate button on eBay and the percentage of your choice will go straight to O2e.
I have twelve months before I hand the award to its next worthy recipient and I shall endeavour to make them count. We already have a date for our 2019 London Walk – Sunday May 26th – so look out for more details in the New Year if you’d like to join us. My thinking cap is officially on for more fundraising ideas.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ollie for leading by example and being an inspiration to us all and to welcome Mr Davies into the role. I expect you to provide the Ferrero Rocher at the next get-together Mr President.
Happy Christmas to you all.