Two men are sorely missed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

With ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle ‘Youth leader who trans­formed lives of young peo­ple dies’ (KE, April 13), I well re­mem­ber the first time I met Tom Pel­ham.

He came to see me, at the Coun­cil, to talk about his idea of in­tro­duc­ing Street Pas­tors to Ash­ford.

His pas­sion and com­mit­ment was self ev­i­dent and there was lit­tle hes­i­ta­tion in agree­ing to his pro­pos­als. We met on a num­ber of sub­se­quent oc­ca­sions and I was left in no doubt that here was a kind, con­sid­er­ate man to­tally ded­i­cated to the ser­vice of oth­ers, and so it proved.

Tom’s pass­ing, along with my friend and col­league at Ash­ford Ac­cess Paul Hardisty, who cham­pi­oned the rights of the dis­abled more than any­one I have known, leaves a huge void in and amongst the com­mu­nity of Ash­ford.

They will both be greatly missed. Michael Claughton, Folke­stone

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