Care charity scoops this year’s Kent Charity of the Year accolade!

Kenward Trust win the 2017 Kent Charity Awards

At a glittering Gala Dinner at The Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone on Thursday 16th March, more than 260 representatives from Kent’s charitable sector gathered as Kenward Trust was crowned Kent Charity of the Year 2017!

Kenward Trust, a remarkable charity providing alcohol and substance misuse and addiction rehabilitation and recovery services for men and woman across Kent and East Sussex, fought off strong competition from more than 70 entries to scoop the top prize.

David Philpott, Chief Executive at Kenward Trust said; “For nearly 50 years the Kenward Trust has been providing residential rehabilitation services from our projects across the county as well as innovative education programmes in schools and more recently befriending services in Prisons. To have this kind of work, which is often seen as unglamorous when compared with other charities, recognised by winning these awards, sends a very positive message to our many staff who work tirelessly in very challenging situations day in and day out.  We are grateful to the award organisers for making it possible for us to showcase our services in this way and overwhelmed to have achieved Charity of the Year.”

The Volunteer of the Year announcement saw victory for Lorraine Brown, a lady living with dementia.  Lorraine is a huge ambassador for people living with the illness and she volunteers her time at The Alzheimer’s Society and Medway Dementia Action Alliance educating others to reduce their fear and the stigma surrounding the disease.

Mo Tutty was crowned Trustee of the year for the work he does as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Ellenor,
 a charity that supports families facing terminal illness in Kent since 2010. Mo is extremely popular across the organisation and assists the team in delivering strategic goals, business plans, supporting charity events and developing IT strategies.

Chairman of judges Susan Robinson said on the night: “Once again we have been again bowled over by the amount and also the quality of entries we received.  The visits we made gave us a great insight into the valuable work being done.  I think the highlight for this year has been the amount of collaborative working that is going on in the sector be it through referrals, joint working or support.

The sector continues to face a lot of difficulties but the work still needs to be done.  I would like to say thank you to everyone in the room tonight for working so hard in trying to make the lives of others better, you do an incredibly hard job and we want you to know that your work is appreciated”.

The awards were made up of 8 categories with three finalists in each.  The results were as follows:

Animal Charity of the Year
Big Cat Sanctuary – winner
Second Chance Animal Rescue
Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund

Voluntary Charity of the Year
Making Miracles
Maidstone Mediation
Kent Scouts – winner

Supporting Services Charity of the Year
Kent Refugee Action Network
Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service – winner
East Kent Mencap

Community & Environment Charity of the Year
Dover smART Project
Kent Wildlife Trust
Porchlight – winner

Care Charity of the Year
Kenward Trust  – winner
Family Matters

Children’s Charity of the Year
Kent Young Carers
Dandelion Time – winner
Parents Consortium

Trustee of the Year
Hasmita Reardon
Ann Whitbourn
Mo Tutty – winner

Volunteer of the Year
Patrick Cantellow
Beverley Nolker
Lorraine Brown – winner

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, SouthEastern and CC Works.  The organisers would also like to thank Synecore for sponsoring the drinks reception and for all those who donated raffle prizes including; PRCA for giving 6 free webinar PR training places, Broadoak Printers, A1 Services, Plan Express and Bella Creative.

Entries for the 2018 will open in early Summer.

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Kent Chariity Awards 2017 winners & Finalists