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’It’s even more amazing than I thought’

Thomas Baldwin meets the new Chief Executive of Christian Aid.

IT’S approaching 5pm and most of the staff in Christian Aid’s Edinburgh office, deep in the bowels of Augustine United Church, have gone for the evening.

The organisation’s chief executive, Amanda Mukwashi, apologises for being tired after a long day of travel and meetings. But other than a request for throat sweets, it really doesn’t show. She is warm, passionate and – about nine months in – obviously deeply in love with her new job, the charity itself and its supporters.

“I think it’s an amazing role to have at a time like this. And every day… sometimes I think I understand just how amazing it is, and then I meet other people and I think ‘my goodness, it’s even more amazing than I thought’.

“Today I came straight from the train station and we went to have lunch with Lady Davidson, who has been running the book sale [at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church] for 45 years – 45 years –and we were having lunch together with a group of supporters, and they were talking about what it entails.

“Christian Aid Week is the culmination, but throughout the year they get donations, they grade them, they’re doing this on a regular basis and nobody really talks about all the work that goes into this preparation.

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