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Trust’s Cassie dedicates award to campaigner mum

By Lester Holloway
22/10/2003

The 1990 Trust’s Cassie Williams said she was overjoyed to win a top award at Carlton TV’s prestigious Multicultural Achievement Awards last night.

Cassie Williams with Floella Benjamin OBE and Martin Bashir
Cassie Williams (centre) with her award stands with Floella Benjamin OBE and Martin Bashir
Picture courtesy of Carlton Television

Cassie, 20, dedicated her award to her late mother and campaigner Arlene Mundle, a social justice campaigner who was instrumental in the first-ever gun amnesty in 1997.

Cassie was honoured for her work with young people in Lambeth, south London, raising their self-esteem and diverting them from a life of crime.

Accepting the award a stunned Cassie paid tribute to her mother Arlene who died of cancer in March 2001, aged 47.

She said: “What she did was inspire me, and I saw how much good she did. I wanted to give something back to the community and carry on the work that she achieved.”

Since becoming Youth Network Coordinator for the 1990 Trust last October, Cassie has worked with over 800 young people, researching their views on gun crime, drugs and community safety.

Cassie is a leading light in the Lambeth Independent Advisory Group, advising and monitoring the police in their community relations.

She also helped organise a Teen Summit held at Lambeth Town Hall and a music project which produced a CD made by young people at risk of offending.

Winning the award last night, Cassie beat off competition from Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda and barrister and politician Catherine Tuitt to win the Politics and Public Life award.

1990 Trust director Karen Chouhan said she was delighted at Cassie winning the award. She said: “It’s fantastic. I’m really pleased for Cassie. She has shown a lot of courage speaking out on issues such as drugs and gun crime, especially for someone so young.”

Cassie’s mother, Arlene, was also known for her bravery in speaking out against villains on her doorstep, and campaigning for social justice. She is credited with turning around community-police relations to tackle the menace of gun crime.

Arlene was active in the Lambeth Police Consultative Group, Crime Stoppers Board, was an advisor to Operation Trident, Chair of the Brixton Crime Forum, and represented the Brixton Market Street Traders.

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