CHRISTINE REID, BCAV
Christine has volunteered The Ashton Edwards Trust, since 1991, offering the chance for people with disabilities and the elderly in inner-city Southwark to use the community minibus for leisure and recreational outings. She has been responsible for the general running of this small charity whose purpose is to benefit disadvantaged groups of people in the community. During the last 25 years Christine has organised trips, driven the minibus alongside other volunteer drivers and even maintained the minibus.
Although now retired, Christine’s volunteering has had a massive impact in the community. Many hundreds of people with disabilities in the borough have had the chance to enjoy leisure outings thanks to her dedication. Not only has she sacrificed many hours to the trust, she also contributed financially to cover costs. Until eight years ago Christine’s job was a Dial A Ride Driver in the Southwark and It was from this background together with her knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities that she decided to give back to the trust and volunteer when she retired.
Christine is a core part of the Ashton Edwards Trust. Her consistency, commitment, time and compassion have given people hope and opportunities they would otherwise not have.