Helen Edwards

I was brought up in a Christian home as the daughter of a Baptist minister. I was baptised at the age of 15 in Salisbury Baptist Church.

In 1989 I moved to Abingdon to teach Maths in a local secondary school. I took very early retirement on health grounds, and now earn my living by taking in lodgers.

Throughout my adult life I have taken part in voluntary work. For 25 years I helped on holidays for the Disabled Christians Fellowship (now part of Through the Roof) as both a personal carer and a holiday leader. On leaving teaching I spent 10 years volunteering in 35 Ock Street, most of the time as the treasurer. I now volunteer in a local care home.

I have grown up enjoying making music: as a youngster I learnt to play the flute, and I now enjoy singing, belonging to a local ladies’ choir.

I also enjoy both gardening and walking as relaxation.