I have known Sue Tungay and her husband Mike since 1977, so when I came back to London in 2004 and started telling friends about shuktara, Sue was instrumental in setting up a meeting where we could talk about how people outside India could help. Shuktara Trust (UK) was born then – on 25th November 2005. Sue Tungay was Secretary from the start and became a Trustee shortly afterwards. Simeon Underwood was the original Chairman and once he got all the registration work done he handed the Chair over to Mike Tungay. Sue has been Secretary for 14 years and a Trustee for 13 years. Mike has been a Trustee for 14 years and Chairman for 13 years.
On the 17th September Mike announced his retirement as Chairman and we were delighted that Adam Thompson accepted. On the 1st October Karen Guile took over as Adminstrator and Fundraising Manager.
“We are both in our seventies and for me I wanted to hand over the admin side whilst I was still compos mentis. As Mike worked closely with me as Chair it seemed an opportune time to also hand over to someone who would be working closely with Karen. We also felt it was a good opportunity to have younger people at the helm. We are still very happy to remain involved as trustees and to give Adam and Karen all the support they need in the changeover.”
It’s impossible for me to put into words how important the work is that Sue Tungay has done for shuktara. In terms of her personal time it inestimable. If someone donated £5 or £5000 she would make sure that she wrote and posted a letter to them. For me in India knowing that everyone was being thanked for their support was a real blessing.
Her support for Pappu when he was going through all the paperwork for FCRA registration was constant. Even though frustrated with the length of time it took, I don’t think Sue ever gave up hope that Pappu would be able to get everything done.
Of course Mike and Sue also visited shuktara in Kolkata and spent a holiday in Puri by the seaside with us all.
For you as supporters, nothing has changed. The phone number and address you see on the Shuktara Trust (UK) website will stay with Sue Tungay at 7 Lily Close. She can forward information and letters and report on any phone calls to Karen Guile who has taken over until they find a more suitable point of contact. Karen and Sue are and have been working closely together and of course, Sue and Mike both remain trustees.
Here are a few words from shuktara related people who have worked with Sue over the years and wanted to express their feelings.
“In Praise of Sue”
I was delighted Sue to learn from David,that at last shuktara had appointed someone to take over from you, a hard Act to follow, but I know also if Karen needs any input to help her, you will be a brilliant Mentor.
It was through you and Mike that I was brought into contact with shuktara and subsequently had the privilege to serve as a Trustee with you. I also remember the work you put in to get Charity Status for shuktara.
My career brought me into contact with voluntary, charity and not for profit sector. I can honestly say that shuktara has been so blessed to have had someone to put in so much personal time and effort as you Sue and deal with the frustrations at times dealing with banks and building soc. Not least us Trustees.. All at no cost to shuktara not that you would have wanted remuneration.
You certainly have been an enthusiastic, and committed ambassador for us.
I hope now that you and Mike will have more time to yourselves to enjoy.
You have been a great person to work with and of course personal friend.
With much love
Tony (Baker), former Shuktara Trust (UK) Trustee
Sue has been nothing but extraordinary in her voluntary role as Secretary over the past two decades. Her diligence keeping the UK finances in order and monitoring those in Kolkata has been admirable. Without any prior experience of the role she taught herself everything that was required and ensured her work was accessible to all of us trustees. She’s been thoughtful and kind in the way she’s looked after our many supporters, keeping them up to date with news and ensuring their contributions have been recognised. Sue’s love for the shuktara family and the role she’s taken on for so many years has been a tremendous asset and I’m incredibly grateful and thankful for everything she’s done.
Aly Rose, Trustee Shuktara Trust (UK)
Sue is such an integral part of shuktara that it’s impossible to imagine what shuktara would be like without her energy and commitment. Although her official title is Board Secretary and Trustee she has always taken on far more than her designated role.
I’ve been working with Sue since 2014 when I was asked to redesign the invitation for the 606 fundraising event. She sent me a message to say “I love the invite and I thought you really captured the shuktara essence.” From that point on she has been an amazing person to work with – always positive, willing to work together to find a solution to any issue, and very generous with praise and gratitude for the work I do for shuktara. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with Sue and I wish her happiness, love and adventure as she continues to move gracefully through her seventh decade.
Alison Saracena, Webmistress for shuktara.org and Graphic Designer for shuktara
From me – as I said at the beginning, I simply cannot put into words how grateful I am for all that Sue has done to support me and shuktara in every area.