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We are delighted to announce that our outgoing Treasurer, Mrs Kath Raven, has won a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Richmond Council for Voluntary Service for her work for RBMind, and, before the merger, for Twickenham and District Association for Mental Health.
This is in recognition of the 25 years that Kath has worked to help local people suffering from mental illness, mainly in the exacting but unglamorous role of Treasurer.
Kath began this work when she was struggling as a single mother to bring up two young daughters, and has continued it until forced this year to retire because she is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
In the early years, her work was concentrated on Centre 32, the Hampton Road, Twickenham drop-in centre.
"There are other people in this charity equally deserving of recognition who are also retiring this year."
Following the merger of the Twickenham and Richmond Associations for Mental Health in 2001, she has been responsible for the finances of 10 projects. Although she has no formal qualifications in accountancy, she has had to adapt to increasingly complex practices demanded by the authorities.
Kath declares herself "thrilled" by the award, but adds: "There are other people in this charity equally deserving of recognition who are also retiring this year."
"I think of Bill Weisblatt who has been involved for 40 years and who negotiated the purchase of Centre 32 and has worked for it ever since and Rachel Dickson who 25 years ago was a founder of the Vineyard Project."
Kath is one of three people to win the "Lifetime Achievement Award" this year. The Mayor of Richmond-on-Thames, Helen Lee-Parsons, will present it to her at a ceremony in the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew Gardens on November 11.