LOCKDOWN HEROES: ANIS ALI, Train Driver and NHS Volunteer Extraordinary

When the world famous West End lights were activated on Monday, Anis’ name was illuminated throughout Oxford Street and the surrounding area.

This year, the organisers, have decided to honour the people who have donated their time and effort to help others during the pandemic. Anis had the distinction of being the first to be chosen! He was nominated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), who deliver the NHS volunteer responder programme. They recognised Anis as one of the first to sign up, when Covid struck in March and for donating the most hours of all volunteers, since then, completing 733 assigned tasks.

Anis said “We take so many things for granted, so many people don’t have anyone at all who they can talk to and it is such a difficult time. Having the chance to get to know people in my community and support the NHS has been the best opportunity that I have ever had. I will continue my support for as long as I am needed and I would love to encourage other people to volunteer”.

Anis is 37 and has provided so much time, whilst maintaining his full-time job as a train driver on the GWR Heathrow Express.

Anis is a true HERO.