Downing Street date for Comic Relief badge maker


Years of making badges to raise money for Comic Relief has earned one woman a VIP trip to 10 Downing Street.

Sue Wickstead, of Furnace Green, has raised more than £7,000 since 1989 by hand-designing badges for Red Nose Day.

On Tuesday (March 10), Sue joined Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron and other Comic Relief fundraisers at a reception in Downing Street laid on to thank them for working so hard for such a good cause.

Sue said: “I am very surprised and pleased that my work, over all the years, has been recognised.”

Sue’s badge-making tradition started when she was working with the Bewbush Playbus – a community project which closed down in 2003 – and has remained popular.

She added: “I raised a lot of money when on the Playbus and the badge-making was in part due to this.

“It was a way of raising the profile of the Playbus and helped with its fundraising too.”

This year, youngsters from Northgate Primary School and Balcombe have ordered their badges ready for Comic Relief on Friday (March 13).