Alison Kinge


Perth, Scotland

Alison Kinge with Dame Mary Perkins, Patron of BCA, Co-Founder of SpecsaversAli’s journey of volunteering and fundraising began when she was 16, at a residential placement with Physically Handicapped and Abled Bodied (PHAB), part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In the 1990s, Ali worked in Peru teaching at a school.

Ali and her pupils would spend one afternoon a week helping in the orphanage, which was an eye-opening experience for both. Ali continued to inspire children to fundraise through sports, and has taken groups of girls from Ardvreck School to participate in Race for Life. Ali has organised fun runs, the most popular being a Reindeer Run, which was the result of snowfall cancelling a planned run, Ali instead mapped out a 4km cross country run, raising money for RNLI, who sent the pupils festive antlers to wear. Ali, alongside her husband, also competed in the Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, raising a total of £2000 for Merci Corps.

Unfortunately, whilst training for the London Marathon in 2013, she was involved in a cycling accident where she was airlifted to hospital. Ali’s injuries included a broken neck and back, she was told that she may never walk again. After weeks in hospital, and months in a full body cast, Ali made a full recovery and returned to work.

At a party, in celebration of her recovery, Ali asked guests to donate to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, a charitable organisation. As one of the first recipients of the service, Ali took part in interviews and events to raise the organisations profile. Ali, resumed her training for the London Marathon and in 2014 she successfully completed the course raising around £2000 for PHAB.

Nominated by Dr. Shelagh Illingworth