“You have to show them the world is not an awful place but a place of opportunity” – Colnbrook volunteer awarded MBE

A second Colnbrook resident has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.  Susan Clifford has been awarded an MBE.

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Susan Clifford, MBE

Susan Clifford, of High Street, Colnbrook, is made an MBE in this year’s New Year Honours List.

Mrs Clifford, a volunteer for national charity Adoption UK, has received the honour for services to Children and Families.

Sue, 58, has been a special needs teacher and is a mentor with the Cornerstone Partnership, a Berkshire-wide initiative designed to provide tools, strategies and support for families seeking to adopt.

Over the past 25 years, Sue, together with husband Jim, have given a loving home to nine “profoundly troubled” children.

Each of their children came from the worst imaginable circumstances and yet all of them are now successful, either working or studying. The older ones now have families of their own.

Sue has worked tirelessly to improve the network of support for all adopters.  As a parent, and in conjunction with Adoption UK, Sue was one of the key drivers behind the development of therapeutic parenting in the UK as well as one of the leading voices which led to the Adoption Support Fund being set up in England in May 2015.

Jim has previously been awarded the OBE for his pioneering work creating the Adoption Bond scheme, which was widely taken up by local authorities and offers practical and financial support to people who adopt.

In October last year she was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award by Adoption UK.

Mrs Clifford, said at the time:

“You have to show them the world is not an awful place but a place of opportunity”.

Adoption UK’s chief executive Hugh Thornbery CBE said:

“We are delighted that Sue has been recognised in this way for her long-standing contribution to both adoption and Adoption UK. Sue is an inspiration as she’s improved the lives of countless adoptive families so this recognition is richly deserved.”

Sue joins fellow Colnbrookian Sharan Ghuman, a border force officer based at Heathrow, who was also awarded an MBE for services to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable People.

Congratulations to both!

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