Raymond Collins



Raymond Collins  with Alison Eddy of Irwin MitchellRay, of Wantage, has dedicated the past 10 years to supporting his local community, through organising fundraising activities for the town and supporting those less fortunate.

To raise money for charity, Ray has organised three Wantage Race for Life’s, which have involved a 5km run and 10km or 20km bike ride around the town, in which up to 500 people run, walk, wheel or cycle each year raising money for Cancer Research UK. These events alone have raised up to £30,000 in four years. Starting in 2014, Ray has cooked Christmas and Easter lunches for those less fortunate within the community.

He cooked dinner this Christmas Day, in the local day centre for the elderly, where approximately 50 people attended. He also arranges hampers and Easter eggs for them to take home. On the August bank holiday this year, Ray organised the third Wantage Carnival, and despite the pouring rain almost 3000 people attended the charity event. Ray organised for 10 bands to play throughout the day, a funfair and a parade featuring revival cars from Motorlux.

Proceeds from the event went to Wantage’s Beatbox youth club, for people with learning difficulties; Yellow Submarine, a learning disability charity; The 14 Club, social club and the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. By those that know him, Ray ensures the whole community get together to raise funds and does so much for local causes.

Nominated by Nicky Rutter