On Tuesday 9th April we recieved the extremely sad news that Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, had died. Sue was Chair of the GM's Hidden Talent Steering Group.
Sue was also the programme Chair for the forerunner to GM's Hidden Talent, Greater Mancehster Talent Match. Marie Graham, the GM Talent Match Programme Manager said: “Sues’ support for Greater Manchester Talent Match was invaluable. Her insight, experience and commitment really helped the programme be the success it was. On a personal note, when I was struggling with challenges a large programme like this presents, Sue’s support and confidence in me made all the difference. She will be missed but not forgotten.”
Alex Whinnom, GMCVO CEO added: “Sue has always been a wonderful friend to the VCSE sector and to GMCVO. She was one of the kindest and cleverest of people I have known, able to cut to essential issues and questions without ever making anyone else feel criticised, and able to communicate with absolutely anyone on a human level. She was a wonderful chair for GM Talent Match, where she supported and challenged our partnership, and really helped to raise awareness of the real needs of young people seeking employment. We were very touched when she agreed to continue this commitment as we moved on to focus on the young people who are most 'hidden' from society. It was a great privilege to have so much of her time, given how very busy she was.”
Sue was always so warm, understanding and knowledgeable when she Chaired the Hidden Talent Steering Group. She also offered fantastic guidance and support on the operational side as well when meeting with staff members. It was clear to see how she genuinely cared about trying to make things better for young people. She made a real impact and will be missed within Greater Manchester and beyond.
A fundraising page in memory of Sue has been set up. It is a chance to pay respect by making a small donation to some of the causes that were close to Sue's heart.
All funds raised will be split equally between Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH), Coffee4Craig and Big Change Manchester.
An online book of condolence is also open: