Tribute paid to stalwart volunteer Norma Sustins

Norma Sustins
Norma Sustins

A COMMITTED volunteer who recently lost her battle with cancer has been described as ‘inspirational’.

Norma Sustins, 76, of St Mary’s Court, St Leonards, was a much-treasured volunteer at the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) based in South Street, St Leonards.

The retired council officer would help teach older people to use computers and take on any other duties necessary.

In March Norma was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the spine, liver, breast, and lungs after being admitted to hospital with a suspected fractured pelvis.

She returned home, but within months was bedridden requiring 24-hour care.

Norma passed away on September 5.

RVS centre development manager Sue Adey said: “Norma will be missed greatly and had such spirit and determination right to the very end. She was truly inspirational.

“She was a fantastic volunteer and worked through extreme pain at all times and was a great help to many seniors in the community.

“Even at the end she was selfless and left her body to science in order to teach others in the medical profession.”

She added that Norma’s sister Maureen Brewer wished to express her thanks for the hard work and dedication of A1 Carers, Hospice at Home and the District Nurses who provided a 24-hour care package to Norma and support to her sister.

For those that knew Norma there will be a celebration of her life and an opportunity to share stories on Wednesday, October 2 from 1.30pm at the RVS centre in South Street, St Leonards.

Call 01424 717674 for details.