Ascension : Sue Ryder Charity news on Ascension Island
Submitted by The Islander (Mario Anthony) 29.08.2013 (Article Archived on 12.09.2013)
The Sue Ryder Charity was first introduced to Ascension Island by Joan Clary, a senior nurse at the Georgetown Hospital, with help from the RAF who kindly allowed her to put some boxes of used clothing on the flights from Brize Norton on a regular basis.
The Sue Ryder Charity was first introduced to Ascension Island by Joan Clary, a senior nurse at the Georgetown Hospital, with help from the RAF who kindly allowed her to put some boxes of used clothing on the flights from Brize Norton on a regular basis. This was organised by Mrs Noreen Regent, a Sue Ryder representative in the UK.
Joan started the Sue Ryder Charity shop in a small unused building in Georgetown which was situated behind the F1 Mess (now the Obsidian Hotel) and has since been demolished.
She opened the shop on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings until she left the Island in 1991 after which several energetic ladies ran the shop. The building at the F1 Mess became old and unsafe and thanks to our Administrator at the time, Roger Huxley, arranged for the shop to be moved to the ground floor of the Exiles Club building and so with help from a few ladies and my husband, Ceddie Henry, we moved to the new premises.
Barbara Wilkie from CSO was the last person in charge to run it with help from a few more at which time a rota was introduced, which included Dr Shubs wife Raxa and myself. In 1997 when Barbara Wilkie was leaving the Island she appointed me to be in charge.
At the time Ceddie was the Shipping Agent and arranged for the surplus clothing to be sent down to the Salvation Army in St Helena.
Regrettably in 2002 after the attack on the Twin Towers security was stepped up at Brize Norton and Mrs Regent was not allowed to put any more boxes on the flights. I continued to keep the shop open with donations from the local community and with help from a few interested helpers.
Sadly the founder, Lady Sue Ryder died a few years ago; I was also saddened to hear of the loss of Noreen Regent who died recently. I use to correspond with Noreen regularly who was such a kind and helpful person. I use to send all proceeds from the shop to her, I now send cheques directly to the Sue Ryder fund raising administrator in the UK.
I must thank all the volunteers, spearheaded by Kitty George, for such a beautiful makeover of the boutique. Well done all!
Finally thanks to the community for their continued support.
Sue Ryder Rep.