Chippenham’s charity champions

This week I celebrated Chippenham’s Charity Champions at Number 10 Downing Street.

It was a fantastic pleasure to take both Lisa Lewis from Doorway and Elizabeth Sexton from Chippenham Community Hospital’s League of Friends to Number 10 Downing Street for a reception and to meet the Prime Minister David Cameron.

The purpose of the visit was to recognise their work, celebrate it and for the Prime Minister to personally thank them. I am passionate about the voluntary sector and the role it plays in our lives. Wiltshire has such a fantastic community spirit and it is crucial that we preserve this and encourage it as more houses are built and new people move into the area.

I selected two organisations that I have been involved with and two people who I have seen beaver away in the background working tirelessly to help others.

For decades Elizabeth Sexton has dedicated herself to fundraising with the League to help our local community hospital to survive and offer an excellent service. Lisa Lewis has developed Doorway into an invaluable and wonderful organisation that relies on over 50 volunteers. Often in Wiltshire homelessness and poverty is overlooked given that statistically it is low compared with the national averages and this means that the job Lisa has to do is made twice as hard and needs to be recognised and her efforts helped.