Keen fund-raiser honoured in Queen's New Year list
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 January 2011
DEDICATED fund-raiser Eileen Chisholm has been honoured with an MBE for her charity work and services to the community.
The 88-year-old, from Oldmixon Road in Hutton, has raised thousands of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West and has helped many other charities over the years.
She moved to Weston in 1968 from Radstock where she worked at a school for disabled children, and was instrumental in setting up the William Knowles Centre for people with learning disabilities, based in Winterstoke Road.
Mrs Chisholm, who has two children and five grandchildren, said she had no idea who had nominated her for the MBE but was ‘delighted’ to receive the good news.
She added: “I just couldn’t believe it. I’m really very flattered and have never even thought of receiving this honour – I just like to fund-raise to help the hospice.”
Mrs Chisholm is very active within the community and is a member of Weston Homemakers Club and Hutton Ladies.
She is also vice chairman of the Royal British Legion Hutton branch and she is heavily involved in Victoria Methodist Church.
Mrs Chisholm is known for collecting small film cases which she and her friends fill with 20 pence pieces, and donates all the money to the hospice in Wraxall.