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Tributes to Vicky Gordon

Vicky Gordon, Chairman of S.U.R.E. sadly passed away 27th April 2014.

Vicky had the drive and passion needed to take S.U.R.E. forward after the sad loss of Eric Saffin.

Vicky had been involved in fund-raising for the charity for a number of years and the committee and trustees were very impressed by Vicky's enthusiasm for fund-raising for S.U.R.E. and her ability to get contacts and organisations to participate in events and donate funds to S.U.R.E. leading them to ask Vicky to become a committee member in 2011. It soon became apparent that Vicky was a great organiser and with her great drive and enthusiasm was totally committed to keeping S.U.R.E.'s fund-raising activities to the forefront.

It was through Vicky that Contemplate for Cancer returned in 2012 and is now held annually.

Although in poor health Vicky attended the 2014 event to give support to all her volunteers, and to thank the people that supported the event, this typified Vicky's dedication to S.U.R.E..

In 2012 Vicky was unanimously voted Chairman, taking over from our founder and first chairman, Barrie Palmer. Vicky was highly regarded by the committee for her leadership and organisation, under her direction the charity was re-vitalised. It was mainly because of Vicky that S.U.R.E. went onto the internet, and the website has proved a big success, helping to widen S.U.R.E.'s appeal. This and numerous other innovations show the dedication of a very special lady.

Those of us who had the privilege of assisting Vicky at some of the events that she attended were always impressed with the way she interacted with the audience, never forgetting to thank them for their fund-raising, because as she said, “we may be the face of S.U.R.E., but the people of Somerset and surrounding areas are the heart of S.U.R.E.”

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I was so sorry to receive your email with news of Vicky’s passing.  I only met her once, the day after our tour of the unit last September, but it was definitely her sincerity and commitment to SURE that convinced us that it should be our chosen charity to support through our year as Club Captains’. 

Please pass my condolences to your team of volunteers at SURE.

Thank you for letting me know .

Maggie Tolchard

Lady Club Captain – Taunton Vale Golf Club

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It has just been brought to my attention the sad news about Vicky Gordon. We danced to help your charity at Christmas, Vicky and Sheila stayed to chat for some time afterwards and really impressed the chaps. She was a very dedicated and delightful lady and will be greatly missed.

Kindest regards,

Tim Wingfield, Squire of Taunton Deane Morris Men

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I have just received the news about Vicky.  I am so sorry to hear this. She was an amazing lady and will be greatly missed by everyone.

Best wishes,

Christine Briggs

Taunton Soroptimists

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We were very sad to hear the news about Vicky at the start of the week. She was a wonderful lady and, like Eric, an inspiration to us all.

Kind regards,

Andrew Morgan

Head of Radiotherapy Physics

The Beacon Centre

Musgrove Park Hospital

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This came as a big shock. I worked with Vicky planning my ride for SURE last autumn and she was energetic, supportive and committed. She sorted out press coverage,additional riders and a welcome when we reached the Beacon Centre. I last saw her when I took my money over to her house before Christmas. 
I am sure SURE will miss her greatly. 
With best wishes,

John Crossman
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 I was very sad indeed to hear about Vicky and have passed your message on to all the choir committee and the choir. I only had a short time to get to know her when we arranged our Choral Society Carol Concert in aid of S.U.R.E. I was extremely impressed with her dedication and hard work and enthusiasm for the S.U.R.E charity. I found her an easy person to communicate with and talk to  and by the time the concert came along I felt as if i had known her for a long time. I am extremely sad to hear of her passing. 
Thank you for letting me know.
KInd regards
Georgina Stevens

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