Home­less award-win­ners who help them­selves and oth­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A home­less trio from Ash­ford have won char­ity awards for help­ing oth­ers to over­come dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

Sarah Cahill, Mark Jolly and Tony Damms at­tended the Porch­light Awards held by the home­less­ness char­ity at Kent Col­lege.

The three win­ners are based at Porch­light’s Si­mon Mead hos­tel in Si­mons Av­enue, South Ash­ford.

Sarah Cahill won the Cre­ativ­ity Award with her pas­sion for song­writ­ing, which has helped her to find her voice as part of the Porch­light choir.

While start­ing as quiet and shy, she has gone on to use mu­sic to ex­press emo­tions that would have been other­wise dif­fi­cult to do so.

Char­ity spokesman Chris Thomas said: “These days she will talk to ab­so­lutely any­body and Tony Damms, Sarah Cahill and Mark Jolly three Ash­ford win­ners at Porch­light Awards - they won awards for over­com­ing their sit­u­a­tions and help­ing oth­ers do the same leaves a pos­i­tive foot­print wher­esses and en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to mas said: “Staff say Mark is a ever she goes. make them­selves heard. well-rounded per­son and a great

“She has given her­self a voice He helped set up a break­fast ex­am­ple of some­body turn­ing and in­spired oth­ers to do the club at the Si­mon Mead hos­tel their life around with a lit­tle same.” and is the house rep­re­sen­ta­tive guid­ance and sup­port.”

Mark Jolly won the Ser­vice who other r es­i­dents can Fi­nally Tony Damms was User In­volve­ment Cham­pion ap­proach to get their ideas and award the Fundrais­ing and Co­maward for play­ing a role in the opin­ions heard. mu­ni­ca­tions Hero award af­ter char­ity’s de­ci­sion mak­ing proc- Char­ity spokesman Chris Tho- shar­ing his story as part of the Christ­mas ap­peal which helped bring in record do­na­tions of more than £20,000.

It was two and a half times more than the pre­vi­ous year, where the pub­lic warmed to his story of grow­ing up in foster care from the age of three be­fore spend­ing 18 months of the streets.

Char­ity spokesman Chris Thomas said: “We’re pleased to say he made great progress and re­cently got a place of his own.

“He was ex­tremely gra­cious about help­ing us to raise so much, we’re in­debted to him for help­ing peo­ple un­der­stand what it’s re­ally like to be home­less, and how it could hap­pen to any of us.”

To find out more about the char­ity visit www.porch­light. org.uk

Pic­ture: Porch­light

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