02:50AM, Friday 06 June 2014
Open Kitchen founder Sue Brett attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament to honour her charitable efforts in Maidenhead.
The mum-of-four was a guest at the community champion reception, hosted by Ed Miliband, after being invited by Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Maidenhead, Charles Smith, who recognised her selfless work.
Sue has been dedicated to collecting foodbank parcels, providing hot meals for the homeless and initiating countless other schemes to help those who would otherwise go without since she launched the charity in 2010.
“I was absolutely speechless when I received the invite from Charles to attend the reception at Westminster for my work in the community, especially as I don't feel I do anything special,” said Sue.
“I am just a mum who, when I see a need, works to try to help those who need it and solve the problem.
“The chance to meet Ed Miliband and other shadow ministers was amazing, a once in a lifetime thing for someone like me.
“To have Mr Miliband invite normal people into his private office in recognition of their work in the community was for me mind-blowing.
“All I can say is thank you, but this seems so little for such an amazing adventure.”
Charles added: “I met Sue whilst volunteering at the Foodshare programme.
“I feel she is a community hero because she not only cares immensely for everyone she meets, but also because she is so hard-working and really gets things done.
“The impact of having someone like Sue in the community is incredible.
“You can safely say that she is an inspiring figure.”
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