Ramona Williams

‘United to Give’ Grants Panellist

Ramona has been living in Hammersmith & Fulham for 13 years. She is visually impaired, and her mission is to educate people, businesses, schools and community groups about blindness and partial sight. She sits on the Visually Impaired Access Panel for the Postal Museum and is a member of the Disabled Residents Team- Planning and Design Hammersmith &Fulham Town Hall. To her, being a panellist means helping to make a difference to individuals, organisations and communities in the borough.

60 seconds with Ramona

What causes are you passionate about?

Homelessness, single parent families, mental health and disabled people, especially those living with sight loss.

Who do you admire locally?

I admire my Vicar Matt Hogg.  When joining the church as a visually impaired person I was nervous as I was unsure of how I will be welcomed. Matt welcomed me with open arms and made an effort to understand what support I will need to access services and join in with everyone.  He also recognised my abilities and gave me the opportunities to take part in events and activities.

Who do you admire internationally?

I look up to Martin Luther King as his dream was for black, white and other ethnic groups to live side by side and be treated fairly in regards to jobs, housing, and more. He quotes “I have a dream that every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, crooked places be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh see it together. This our hope”. My hope for us all today is to live in hope, without judgement and stereotype, and to love one another.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Follow your dream and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving your goals.

What’s your favourite spot in the borough?

Ravenscourt Park as it’s peaceful and allows you to have that space to clear your head and be quiet without a lot of noise.