Care charity scoops Kent Charity of the Year accolade

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2016 Kent Charity Awards Winners

At a glittering Gala Dinner at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on Thursday 10th March, 225 representatives from Kent’s charitable sector gathered as Abigail’s Footsteps, a remarkable charity focussed on improving stillbirth bereavement, was crowned Kent Charity of the Year 2016!

Entries were received from charities and voluntary groups both large and small and from all corners of the county.  The judges had a tough time narrowing it down to just 26 finalists all of whom attended the lavish event hosted by ITV Meridian’s Sangeeta Bhabra.

Abigail’s Footsteps was launched in 2010 by parents Jo and David Ward following the death of the daughter, Abigail, who was stillborn at 41 weeks gestation. The charity has three primary objectives – to improve the bereavement training that midwives and care staff receive, to provide the necessary equipment in each maternity and fund sensitively designed delivery rooms, located away from maternity wards in each of Britain’s maternity units.

David Ward said of the Awards, “To be the overall winner of the Kent Charity Awards means that all the hard work of our team from our Patron Lady Astor of Hever, our Vice Presidents including the amazing Cheryl Baker, our Trustees and all of our amazing fundraisers and supporters and all of their achievements have been truly recognised. Yes, we want to raise funds, however we also want to raise awareness and this amazing award truly proves we are doing just that, so thank you to all the judges and sponsors who have made this possible.”


Community & Environment Charity

Catching Lives – winner

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service



Care Charity

Strode Park Foundation – winner

Abigail’s Footsteps

West Kent Mind


Animal Charity

Happy Endings Animal Rescue – winner

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Second Chance Animal Rescue


Children’s Charity

Action for Children Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre – winner


Young Lives Foundation


Supporting Charity

Royal British Legion Industries – winner


Swale Action to End Domestic Abuse


Voluntary Charity

Kent MS Therapy Centre – winner

Kent Foundation



Trustee of the Year

Pat Downing – West Kent Mind – winner

Clive Emson – The Young Lives Foundation

Derek Downs – Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

Glennis Turrell – Catching Lives


Volunteer of the Year

Jonjo Heuerman, BEM – winner

Kate Bosley – RBLI

Maggie Allen – Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Sheila Miller – Catching Lives


The event could only take place because of the support of its sponsors – Furley Page, The KM Media Group, Kent Reliance, Medway Council, MidKent College, Kent County Council, Kreston Reeves, Diggerland and Southeastern