Unsung hero: Blind charity worker 'making a difference'

Unsung hero: Blind charity worker 'making a difference'

Unsung hero: Blind charity worker 'making a difference'

First published in News Kingston Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A blind charity worker who has spent hours of her spare time fundraising to help raise disability awareness has said she wants nothing more than to make a difference.

Maureen Wing, 42, of Rosebery Road in Kingston, was born visually impaired, but has not let this get her down. She has worked as a rehabilitation officer for the visually impaired in the past and is now an outreach support officer at the charity Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL).

She has been called a “community fundraising champion” because of all the successful funds she has raised for the disability charity.

Mrs Wing, who is also a grandmother, said: “I have been visually impaired my whole life and it is just a case of learning and adapting. I want to make a difference.

“There is nothing more rewarding to me than to know that I have made a difference to someone’s life. It is a really nice feeling.

“I try as best as I can to solve people’s problems. I can relate to them, but we all face different challenges.”

Having only worked at KCIL for less than a year, Mrs Wing has already earned admiration from many at the charity.

Chief executive Theo Harris, who nominated the unsung hero, said: “We called the community fundraising champion for our first fundraising event in years and she rose to the challenge. “She has not let us down and does not let any obstacles get in the way. She is very jovial.

“She is always positive and very dedicated. She represents disabled people and is a role model for independence.”

Mrs Wing also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, networking and listening to music in her spare moments.

l To nominate your unsung hero call 020 8744 4244.

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