18 year old Christy Downer is a role model to her school and local community. Her weekly service to the Shaftesbury Group, which welcomes 30 adults with learning disabilities from across the community gather together, has had a big impact on those that regularly attend. Christy listens to the guests, plays games and shares the good news of the week with them. She is always the first to arrive and the last to leave which is testament to her commitment. On top of studying for her A-levels, Christy, without fail, finds time in her week to give to others.
Her Teacher said of Christy, “Christy has thoroughly engaged with the Catholic ethos of New Hall School and is exploring her own relationship with prayer and faith with regular conversation and daily visits to our school Chapel. She is very aware that the Shaftesbury Group she leads is intimately linked with the Catholic principles of service and upholding the dignity of each individual person.”
Christy Downer, 18
New Hall School, Chelmsford (Diocese of Brentwood)