It has struck me a number of times that; the more “ordinary people” I meet, the more my faith in humanity is restored (and the more I want to get involved in making our world a better place for all people). Because I have met so many people who might seem ordinary until you spend a few minutes getting to know them – and usually appearances would have been deceiving.
We are literally surrounded by heroes; from the chap who cleans up the coffee station in the reception of my office building at the end of the day (who volunteers for the RNLI and saved two teenagers from the North Sea this weekend just gone) to the gentleman who brings live music to the living rooms of those in greatest need of cheering, to the lady who founded a charity collecting donations for wildlife vets in Africa and nurses British Wildlife in her spare time.
I have also been inspired by A Bed for the Night, run by a group of 7 Reading churches, in a brilliant effort to give Reading’s homeless a hot meal and somewhere warm and safe to sleep through January this year.
So whatever happens on Thursday, I only hope that the fantastic work of all these amazing people we have in Reading West will continue and will be supported by whoever the local MP will be.
Hopefully we will have a new government which will listen to all those brilliant experts who have worked so hard to prove that it IS possible to have a strong economy AND a functioning NHS and social safety-net, AND quality, free education for all, AND a greener economy.