More than 50 women attended the last St Andrews women’s breakfast at the Old Plough in October when Alison Fenning talked about her work with the prostitutes of Ipswich.
Alison had been in the police force for 9 years but events led her to a wild life of excessive partying and a dependency on alcohol. One night, whilst on the way to a nightclub, she stepped into an Anglican church and listened to the vicar. Afterwards he spoke to her, saying “You’ve come to my house. I’ll come to yours”. He invited Alison to go to Uganda and this changed the rest of her life.
She left the police force to take further teams to Africa and do youth work. She engaged in 3 years of training, learning how to pioneer projects and joined the RSVP trust and has been charity based ever since.
The women in the sex industry on the streets in Ipswich are a primary focus of her work. The need escalated following the Ipswich murders and she readily stepped in to fill the gap to love and care for these women. Alison never offers solutions. She never judges. People will tread their own pathway and she has not got to feel like she has to help; she has to let God help. She does this through consistent, faithful friendship and enabling a relationship with Jesus.