Fiona always goes the extra mile to help out and puts herself last in everything she does. Since joining Bristol University 2 years ago she has devoted her spare time to helping other people. She has spent the last 2 years volunteering at the Julian Trust Night Shelter each week. Night Shelter provides beds and hot meals for homeless people in the Bristol area and is staffed, managed and financed entirely by volunteers and voluntary donations. Fiona helps to make up the beds, serve dinners and welcome everyone that walks through the door. As part of her work for the shelter, Fiona and a group of other volunteers slept on Bristol College Green with nothing but sleeping bags and cardboard, in order to raise money and awareness for the shelter.
For the past year Fiona has also been the Project Coordinator for a project called Network. Network is a social group for adults with Asperger's Syndrome. It meets fortnightly in Bristol and provides its members with a safe environment to talk and interact with each other and the Network volunteers. Fiona organised meetings, introduced a website and built up a relationship with the Network members.
Fiona has just run the Bristol Half Marathon in order to raise money for St Peter's Hospice, Bristol's only adult hospice. She never expects any recognition and never complains (in fact she is one of the most cheerful people I've ever met).
She represents 'community spirit' and would thoroughly deserve to be a London 2012 torchbearer. CR