A TRAILBLAZING Kirdford villager has been recognised by Downing Street for her work within the community.
Four years ago, Sue Ransley spearheaded a £250,000 campaign to launch the village store and cafe.
She has now been awarded a ‘Point of Light’ by David Cameron.
Sue is the first person in West Sussex to receive such an honour.
“I received my letter yesterday, having received a phone call from the cabinet office last week,” she said.
“I’m not sure who nominated me.
“I’m quite amazed really, and very overwhelmed.
“But I am incredibly proud – although a bit embarrassed.”
MP Nick Herbert presented Sue with her certificate at Kirdford Village Stores on Friday (August 1).
The relatively-new award was inspired by a similar scheme in America.
It recognises outstanding individual volunteers –people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Sue said that she was thrilled to get a call from Whitehall.
“I was rather taken aback to get a call from the cabinet office to say that I’d won this award, which I’m embarrassed about, but very happy to receive on behalf of all the people who have put so much into this fantastic project.”