Chilterns MS Centre stalwart who raised £2 million for charity retires

Sue Barber retires from the Chilterns MS Centre at Halton - l-r Linda Oatley, Janet Blake, Sue Barber and Alison, Countess of Buckinghamshire
Sue Barber retires from the Chilterns MS Centre at Halton - l-r Linda Oatley, Janet Blake, Sue Barber and Alison, Countess of Buckinghamshire

‘I wanted to use my skills for something more worthwhile than helping a boss buy a Rolls Royce and villa in Spain’, said the Chilterns MS Centre’s greatest ever fundraiser as she retired.

A party was held to thank Sue Barber, 64, of Halton, who joined in 2006 as a fundraiser after more than 20 years in the charity sector.

Mrs Barber helped raise £1.8 million towards the centre’s new £2.8 million building in Wendover which opened in August.

She said: “I just think it is a fantastic cause and they were fantastic people to work with. It is not a very well known condition and needed its profile raised.

“I made lovely friends and all the patients are amazing. “The staff really do make a difference to people’s lives.”

Linda Oatley, vice chairman of the charity’s trustees and patient at the centre, said: “She was very dedicated and extremely professional and very in tune with what we were looking for.

“For example she organised a reception at Chequers where she invited the great and the good in order to talk to people about what we were trying to do.

“She then invited them to have a look at the old centre, which was fairly grim and see if they could help us.

“She managed to get Sir David Jason as a patron and John Bercow, the Commons’ Speaker, who would come to receptions and open our art exhibition each year.”