Pre­sent­ing the county’s unsung he­roes

The Kent Char­ity Awards are back to re­ward the self­less he­roes of Kent for their hard work and per­se­ver­ance around the county VOl­un­TeeR Of The YeaR

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The short­list has been re­vealed for the an­nual Kent Char­ity Awards. The fi­nal­ists in­clude or­gan­i­sa­tions and vol­un­teers from across the county – all of whom go that ex­tra mile to help oth­ers.

The win­ners will be un­veiled on Thurs­day, March 10 at Leas Cliff Hall in Folke­stone where Merid­ian news pre­sen­ter, Sangeeta Bhabra will host a gala evening.

The Char­ity of the Year win­ner will re­ceive £3,500 to­wards a new be­spoke web­site do­nated by the Think Agency.

The awards are spon­sored by Diggerland, Fur­ley Page, Kent County Coun­cil, Kent Re­liance, KM Me­dia Group, Kre­ston Reeves, Med­way Coun­cil, MidKent Col­lege and South­east­ern. Catch­ing lives: Can­ter­bury­based char­ity aimed at sup­port­ing rough sleep­ers and the home­less. Com­paid: Helps dis­abled peo­ple across Kent to over­come bar­ri­ers of so­cial, dig­i­tal and fi­nan­cial ex­clu­sion. happy end­ings: Faver­sham­based an­i­mal char­ity which relieves suf­fer­ing and dis­tress of an­i­mals in need of help by res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and re-hom­ing. hOPe: Pro­vides sup­port to women of all ages suf­fer­ing from low self­es­teem, iso­la­tion and de­pres­sion in Dart­ford. imago: Aims to pro­mote, de­velop and fa­cil­i­tate so­cial ac­tion, sup­port­ing in­de­pen­dence and em­pow­er­ing com­mu­nity in Tun­bridge Wells. Kent foun­da­tion: Sup­port­ing Kent’s young peo­ple to start or grow a busi­ness. Kent Ms Ther­apy Cen­tre: Pro­vides a range of non­in­tru­sive ther­a­pies and sup­port clin­ics which help those with MS, their fam­i­lies and their ca­reers. Lo­cated in Can­ter­bury. Med­way autism Group & in­for­ma­tion Cen­tre: Par­ent-led, self-help group for par­ents of chil­dren and young peo­ple with a di­ag­no­sis of Autis­tic Spec­trum Con­di­tion. Oa­sis Do­mes­tic abuse ser­vice: A char­ity in Thanet which pro­vides a range of ser­vices sup­port­ing those liv­ing with, or at risk of, do­mes­tic abuse. Royal Bri­tish le­gion in­dus­tries: Ayles­ford-based na­tional char­ity sup­port­ing the Armed Forces com­mu­nity and those af­fected by dis­abil­ity, health con­di­tions or so­cial wel­fare needs. se­cond Chance an­i­mal Res­cue: This char­ity res­cues and where pos­si­ble re-homes ill-treated and aban­doned an­i­mals. Based in Crock­en­hill. strode Park foun­da­tion: Based in Herne Bay, the foun­da­tion pro­vides vi­tal care and sup­port ser­vices for chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties. swale ac­tion to end Do­mes­tic abuse: Sit­ting­bourne-based char­ity try­ing to end do­mes­tic abuse. West Kent Mind: Sevenoaks char­ity gives sup­port to peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems. Wildlife her­itage foun­da­tion: Breed­ing cen­tre based in Smar­den for en­dan­gered big cats. It is also a sanc­tu­ary for older big cats that have spent life ei­ther in a zoo or cir­cus en­vi­ron­ment. Young lives foun­da­tion: Sup­port­ing young peo­ple through times of dif­fi­culty and dis­tress. Based in Maid­stone. Jonjo heuer­man: The 13-yearold from Wilm­ing­ton, near Dart­ford, ded­i­cates his spare time to fundrais­ing for the Bobby Moore Fund for Can­cer Re­search. Jonjo was the youngest per­son to be awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal in the 2016 New Year’s Hon­ours List. Kate Bosley: An in­te­gral part of the vol­un­teer depart­ment at Royal Bri­tish Le­gion In­dus­tries, Kate, from Maid­stone, is de­scribed as an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one she meets. Mag­gie allen: For 16 years Mag­gie has of­fered pro­fes­sional in­fant mas­sage ther­apy to chil­dren liv­ing with lifethreat­en­ing health con­di­tions who use the Demelza Hospice Care for Chil­dren. sheila Miller: The re­tired so­lic­i­tor from Can­ter­bury spe­cialised in fam­ily law and has been vol­un­teer­ing with Catch­ing Lives since 2011. Pat Down­ing: West Kent Mind Derrick Downs: Oa­sis Do­mes­tic Abuse Ser­vice Clive em­son: The Young Lives Foun­da­tion Glen­nis Turell: Home­less char­ity Catch­ing Lives

Pic­ture: The Wildlife Her­itage Foun­da­tion

The Wildlife her­itage foun­da­tion at smar­den is nom­i­nated for Char­ity of the Year 2016

sangeeta Bhabra will be pre­sent­ing the awards

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