Volunteer reaches awards shortlist
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.
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.”