Tooting charity worker honoured for three decades of fundraising

A Tooting volunteer has vowed to keep on going after being recognised for 30 years of service to Children’s Society.

Trish Arathoon, 69, has spent the last 30 year organising collections, Christingles and coffee mornings as part of her local church.

Her efforts, including the coordination of a bi-annual sponsored walk, have also helped raise over £30,000 for the charity since joining in 1987.

On receiving her certificate of recognition from the charity, Trish said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time volunteering for The Children’s Society and have no plans to stop yet!

“The thing that keeps me going more than anything is knowing that the money we have raised is going to help children that desperately need it.”

Award: Trish receives her certificate from Children’s Society’s Diocesan President for Southwark, Dave Farris.

Trish joined Upper Tooting’s Holy Trinity Church shortly after her first son was christened there.

She began volunteering as a box collector soon after, before finishing her career as a librarian the British Library.

“I wanted to do more than just the box collection,” said Trish.

“I was looking to do other things that would not just increase the amount of money raised, but spread more awareness of the charity.”

Trish has also been praised for her dedication to the church, where she has become a huge part of the congregation.

“She’s a big part of the church,” said Reverend Andrew Davey of the Upper Tooting parish.

“She does everything from organising these sponsored walks to organising our flower arrangers and welcoming people on Sunday mornings.

“Trish has shown great dedication over a great deal of years to keep the issues of the welfare of children on our attention in the church. It’s not just about collecting money; it’s about keeping those issues live.”

The Children’s Society has been associated with the Church of England since its inception and seeks to support vulnerable children and young adults.

The charity recently campaigned to excuse young carers from council tax, seeking to allow them more financial security whilst they care for their parents.

“Volunteers like Trish form such a vital part of our mission” said volunteer relationship manager Jonathan Mann.

“We work to help children and young people who have nowhere left to turn, so with the support of inspiring people like Trish, we’re able to continue our life-changing work”.

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