Children’s trauma-recovery chief awarded OBE

Sue Bell, Founder, chief executive and clinical director of Kids Inspire, is among those named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

She has been awarded an OBE for services to charity, mental health and education.

Committed to helping as many young people who have suffered trauma as possible, Sue founded the Great Baddow based charity in 2007, a not-for-profit organisation providing mental health and trauma recovery support for children, young people, and their families.

Over 14-years Sue has built a unique organisation with more than 100 paid and voluntary staff working across Essex and beyond. The team delivers a range of therapeutic and community activities to promote resilience, self-awareness, and relationship building, empowering those supported to make more positive life choices.

Sue said: “I am honoured and delighted to accept this award. It is testimony to the work of Kids Inspire over the past 14 years and recognises the sheer determination of everyone who supports us. Even through challenging times, the charity has not strayed from the path of empowering children, young people, and families and, as long as we are needed, there we shall remain.”

She went on to say: “I would like to thank my patient, understanding family and friends and, of course, the big-hearted team I work alongside. From day one, in either voluntary or paid roles, they have shared the vision of the charity and are as committed as I am to positively empowering the child at the centre of each case, supporting them to break down trauma and mental health barriers.

“Likewise, I celebrate all the courageous young people and their families that we meet. I feel proud of each life progression, knowing how positive intervention has supported them to go on and fill their future with love and opportunity.”

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Mick Ferris

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