Trust’s volunteers are recognised


TWO volunteers who span the generations have been recognised for helping the Aldingbourne Trust.

Charlotte O’Connor, 18, and retired Bill Toole had their commitment honoured in the BBC Sussex and Surrey community heroes award.

Bill was nominated in the category of volunteer because of the 20 years he has spent assisting the trust in its work with adults with learning disabilities.

A spokesman for the trust said: “He always makes time for everyone and has an encouraging attitude and supportive nature.

“He is hugely popular among staff and our client group alike. Bill makes no secret of the fact he volunteers with the trust because he likes the clients.

“He says it makes his day if he can make a positive contribution to their day.”

Charlotte was put forward as a young achiever. She approached the trust as a work experience candidate from The Regis School. She enjoyed her time so much she become a volunteer.

“Charlotte is very popular with the client group she works with and very much deserves her young achiever certificate,” said the spokesman.

The Aldingbourne Trust supports adults with learning disabilities to develop skills which will enable them to live independently. Based at Aldingbourne Country Centre, it has 111 volunteers.