The waters of an unexpected flood had been brushed away at Shiloh in time for a tide of goodwill to flow in the direction of the charity’s co-founder, Sue Savage.
Regarded as the heartbeat of Shiloh, which started as a soup run on the streets of Rotherham in 1992, Sue was the special anniversary toast at a surprise and very special get together at Shiloh’s new HQ – 15, Station Road, Masbrough.
John McDonnell, chairman of Trustees, invited an array of helpers past and present to salute Sue’s service to disadvantaged adults down the years.
Shiloh’s team of volunteers, spearheaded by Chair of Trustees John McDonnell and Centre Manager Kevin Quinton, are still settling into their new premises following a move across town from Millfold House, Westgate, a few weeks ago.
“It was always our intention to pay our own in house tribute to Sue as soon as we could following our move,”said John, “the contribution she has made in helping the lives of so many people has been amazing, done out of a real love for them.”
His tribute was echoed by other speakers, including other Shiloh long servers, cook Stuart Dodson and retired former Operations Manager Jonathan Lang, both of whom worked alongside Sue in the early days in an old cafe on Vicarage Lane.
Sue received a gift on behalf of our guests, those who come through our doors in need, along with thank you cards before cutting a celebration cake.
Tokens, though small, of the esteem in which a woman small in stature but with a big heart is held.
A public Open Day at Shiloh is planned for Saturday July 22nd.