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Thanet Community Awards rewards charities at ceremony in Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs

The unsung heroes of the district’s voluntary sector gathered last night for the inaugural Thanet Community Awards.

Thanet Extra editor Joe Walker with the paper’s chosen Charity Champion, Changing Minds Kent (6738125)
Thanet Extra editor Joe Walker with the paper’s chosen Charity Champion, Changing Minds Kent (6738125)

Twenty good causes received Winners’ awards in recognition of their dedication to making Thanet an even better place in which to live and work.

And six of them were chosen as Champion charities by judging organisations London Array, Westwood Cross and the Thanet Extra.

Phillip Jones of London Array, left, with 6th Ramsgate Sea Scout Group (6738127)
Phillip Jones of London Array, left, with 6th Ramsgate Sea Scout Group (6738127)

In addition, three individuals received Champion volunteer awards.

The ceremony took place at the Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs, and the guests were treated to a recorded message of congratulations by award-winning actress and Ramsgate resident Brenda Blethyn.

Fran Donovan of Westwood Cross with Ageless Thanet(6738129)
Fran Donovan of Westwood Cross with Ageless Thanet(6738129)

Westwood Cross and the Extra will work with their respective charities, Ageless Thanet and mental health charity Changing Minds, over the next 12 months – providing valuable publicity and support. While London Array chose the Ramsgate Sea Scouts as its Champion.

In addition to their trophies and certificates, each of the three also received a cheque for £2,000.

Stuart Smith of The KM Charity Team, second from right, with Volunteer Champions Christine Belsey, Will Anderson and Derrick Downs (6738131)
Stuart Smith of The KM Charity Team, second from right, with Volunteer Champions Christine Belsey, Will Anderson and Derrick Downs (6738131)

The other three champion charities were Speak Up CIC, the Thanet Primary Association for School Sport and Forelands Field Charity. They shared another £2,500 in prize money.

The volunteer champions were founder of Precious Jewels Toddler Group Christine Belsey, Derrick Downs of Rotary Club of Margate, and Will Anderson of Aspire Homeless Project. Each received £500.

Charity Champion the Thanet Primary Association for School Sport with Ble Enakimio of Blessing by Ble, far left (6738119)
Charity Champion the Thanet Primary Association for School Sport with Ble Enakimio of Blessing by Ble, far left (6738119)

The other good causes to receive Winners’ awards were:

• Age UK Social Buddy Scheme

• Aspire Homeless Project

• Beyond the Page

• Bright Shadow

• Dare to Differ

• East Kent Mencap

• Friends of Montefiore Community Woodland

• Grass Cliftonville

• Inspiration Inclusive Theatre

• Kent Coast Volunteering – Thanet

• QEQM Hospital League of Friends

• Louie’s Helping Hands

• Pie Factory Music

• Thanet Community Development Trust.

Charity Champion Speak Up CIC with Stuart Smith of The KM Charity Team, far left
Charity Champion Speak Up CIC with Stuart Smith of The KM Charity Team, far left

The awards were organised by the KM Charity Team, and event coordinator Karen Brinkman said: “The ceremony was a fantastic success, and it was wonderful to be able to say thank you to people who are working so hard to improve the community.

“Everybody present fully deserved their awards and moment in the limelight. Tonight we saw the very best of Thanet.”

Shane Godwin from the Yarrow, left, presenting Forelands Fields Charity with their award
Shane Godwin from the Yarrow, left, presenting Forelands Fields Charity with their award

Find out more about the awards at www.thanetcommunityawards.co.uk.

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