The Trowbridge Link team were very sad to say goodbye to one of their longest serving volunteers, Sue Marshall, who retired from the charity at the end of July.

Sue was a founder member of the Trowbridge Area Community Link Scheme which was formed in 1999 and has undertaken many roles within the organisation. She was the first “working” volunteer, the first Volunteer Support & Training Officer, and the first Driver. "She has been the Heart and Soul of Trowbridge Link since its inception," said press officer Sue Evans. "Without her contribution and influence over the past 20 years, Trowbridge Link would not be the successful and caring organisation it is today."

Sue is probably best known as one of Link’s volunteer drivers, whose friendly and caring approach made her a very popular choice with clients, especially those elderly members of the community who needed a little more support and understanding of their particular needs when they attended their medical appointments. She has also been one of Link’s co-ordinators, taking calls from clients and liaising with the volunteers to arrange transport to hospitals and medical practices, or to organise other Good Neighbour tasks, such as shopping for the housebound.

Her dedication to Trowbridge Link and the local community was recognised by Trowbridge Town Council in 2017 when she received a Civic Award.

In addition to her work with Trowbridge Link, Sue has also been involved with the SSAFA Armed Forces Charity and is a long standing member of the Trefoil Guild. The Guild is a branch of Girl Guiding whose members agree to support the guiding ethos, including the pledge to help other people, a philosophy that Sue has wholeheartedly embraced.

"Sue is looking forward to spending more time with her family, but her enthusiasm, kindness and willingness to help will be greatly missed by Link’s clients and volunteers," Ms Evans added.