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 , Southern Water and Diggerland.
Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Kent County Council – “I was delighted to support the Kent Charity Awards Dinner. It was an enjoyable evening and a fantastic showcase for many charities across the county”.
Ian Carter, The KM Media Group – ‘KM Group was delighted to support the first Kent Charity Awards. We were amazed by the response, and it was fantastic to see so many deserving winners recognised on the night.’
Susan Robinson, Partner and Head of Charities and Not for Profit at Kreston Reeves commented – “Kreston Reeves were proud and honoured to sponsor the inaugural Kent Charity Awards last night and congratulate all the finalists and winners!
It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to thank, recognise and help raise profile of these hardworking and dedicated people and charities in Kent.
A special congratulations to Kent Search and Rescue who were announced as the overall winners, a very well deserved accolade”.
Robert Gurr, Kent Reliance – “Congratulations to Kent Search and Rescue as overall winner and all the finalists whose invaluable hard work and dedication to improving the lives of others was showcased in a wonderful evening. It was both a privilege to help support this inaugural event and a humbling experience to involved.
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services – “The Kent Charity Awards is a wonderful event that recognises the hard work of groups and individuals who go the extra mile to improve the lives of others. I would like to congratulate all 18 finalists, and in particular the five finalists from Medway, which included The Medway Queen Preservation Society and Gillingham Local Roots. The event at the Corn Exchange was very well attended and it was great to see special local people being commended for their work.
Aaron Spencer, a Partner at law firm Furley Page. Aaron specialises in charity law and is a member of the Charity Law Association – “The Kent Charity Awards have been a great success this year and we are delighted to have sponsored an initiative which celebrates the unsung heroes of society.”
“It made perfect sense for us to do our bit to support the awards because of the incredibly close ties linking our firm to the charity sector. We have worked with a range of charities for many years and we have a real insight into how they work and what they do. Their work often brings far-reaching positive benefits for so many people in our communities.”
Furley Page provides a range of specialist services to charities, including on the formation of charities, Charity Commission applications and annual returns, advice on structures such as Charitable Incorporated Organisations, charitable companies, charitable trusts, unincorporated associations and Community Interest Trusts.
Diggerland Kent – “Diggerland had a fantastic night at the Kent Charity Awards 2015. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing a terrific evening with some extremely worthy and hard-working charities. Everyone was a winner yesterday evening, all of the finalists truly deserved to be a part of this incredible brand new award. Rise Communications always put on a good show and have done a brilliant job bringing everything together. Well done to all the sponsors, organisers, finalists and the winners!”
MidKent College – “Many congratulations to all the finalists but especially to the well-deserved overall winner Kent Search and Rescue.
As a sponsor of the inaugural Kent Charity Awards we are proud to recognise the phenomenal work that our local charities undertake for the benefit of our communities.
Many undertake thankless tasks that really make the difference to people and as a provider of education and training, we recognise just how crucial every small step is towards improving the future prospects of people”