Vol­un­teer reaches awards short­list

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A CHAR­ING wo­man who iden­ti­fied the des­per­ate need for qual­ity af­ter-school play clubs in the county has been short­listed for a top na­tional award. Kerry Ake­hurst, who launched the first club in 2000, now has 15 across the rural and ur­ban dis­tricts pro­vid­ing places for more than 2,000 young­sters a year. He vol­un­teer ef­forts have now been recog­nised at the high­est level and she has been in­vited to Cen­tral Hall, West­min­ster on June 6 when the Di­rec­tory of So­cial Change, which ad­vises the gov­ern­ment on the vol­un­teer sec­tor, will an­nounce the na­tional win­ner of the Ev­ery­day Im­pact award.

Shell­shocked

Mrs Ake­hurst, who is also in­volved with Wealden Wheels the rural com­mu­nity bus ser­vice, said: “I was amazed to be nom­i­nated and now shell­shocked to be in the fi­nal three. “I set up and fund-raise for Kent Play Clubs in an ef­fort to sup­port fam­i­lies go­ing through dif­fi­cult times.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1024887

Kerry Ake­hurst

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