Homeless award-winners who help themselves and others
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