Perrys Exceptional Awards 2016

Recognising outstanding contributions in Kent

We were delighted to welcome our 28 finalists of the Perrys Exceptional Awards 2016 to our ceremony on Thursday 10 November when we celebrated their respective achievements and unveiled the winners of the Perrys Exceptional Business, Perrys Exceptional Service, Perrys Exceptional Individual and Perrys Exceptional Charity categories.  

Throughout 2016 we invited nominations in four separate categories - charities, individuals, services and businesses - that have made amazing contributions to the communities around them and have incredible stories to tell - and we weren't disappointed with the response!

Hosted in the stunning surroundings of Leeds Castle the evening was a showcase of some of the most uplifting examples of outstanding contributions to the Kent community.  There was plenty of smiling, laughter and, at times, tears as we recognised those that have gone above and beyond for those around them.

At Perrys we pride ourselves on providing personal and tailored accountancy advice to our clients, which we believe is exceptional as standard.  This was the inspiration behind our awards and what continues to drive us as we aim to work with those around us to create a community that exceeds the expectations of others. 

Finalists will be shortlisted for each category and the public will be invited to vote for the nominee they feel deserves to be awarded with the accolade of Kent's most exceptional.

Here we find out more about our winners.  Congratulations to them and all our 2016 finalists for their incredible contributions and thank you to everyone who has worked with us to make the Perrys Exceptional Awards 2016 possible. 

See you next year!

Perrys Exceptional Business 2016 

WINNER: St. John's Pharmacy, Sidcup

St John's Pharmacy, which was nominated by Mel Foreman, is a fundamental service to the Sidcup community.

Mel said:

"St John's Pharmacy have been my chemist for 14 years and always go above and beyond for the patients they service.  They are the epitome of what it means to be an entrepreneur and are always willing to participate in philanthropic ventures when asked.  The work they put into making sure every customer is happy and healthy is far above the remit of a 'normal' business."

Our other finalists were:

Fiona's Make Up Fairies (AVON), Canterbury
Fudge Kitchen, Canterbury

Perrys Exceptional Service 2016 

WINNER: The Fitness Link, Orpington

The Fitness Link, which was nominated by Dawn Blake, is an online and mobile fitness platform delivering exercises and workouts anywhere, anytime.  Along with a fitness app and a library of workouts and articles, the team helps people to achieve the results they desire.

Dawn said: 

"The team sacrifice everything for the sake of their clients and business.  They are such lovely people and always utterly professional.  They have personally changed my body and mind set - I really couldn't be happier and I would love to see their efforts recognised."​

Our other finalists were:

Folkestone Early Years Children's Centre, Folkestone
Fudge Kitchen, Canterbury
The Royal Harbour Hotel, Ramsgate
Showoff Hair Extensions, Sidcup

Perrys Exceptional Individual 2016 

WINNER: Fred & Fran Long, Tonbridge


Since retiring a couple of years ago, Fred and Fran have put their time and energies into a wide range of community groups and charity projects around Tonbridge. They support dementia sufferers, refugees and Tonbridge community gardens, as well as volunteering at a local homeless shelter.

Fred Long said:

"Everyone in this category is a worthy winner but we're absolutely overjoyed to be receiving this award.  We love to get involved in whatever we can and giving back as much as possible, and we'll carry on doing what we're doing."​



Our other finalists were:

Dinah Williams, Eynsford
John Webster, Ashford
Maxine Hallett, Tonbridge
Mike Barrett, Paddock Wood
Monica Kendall, Herne Bay
Sharon Harrison, Ashford
Sharon Patmore, Canterbury

Perrys Exceptional Charity 2016 

WINNER: Kent MS Therapy Centre, Canterbury


For 31 years, the Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre has been providing a range of non-intrusive therapies and support to help improve the quality of life of those with MS, their families and carers. 

Jill Tompkins, who is a sufferer of MS and accepted the award along with Helen Wathen, Fundraising Manager at Kent MS Therapy Centre, said:

"It's incredible to be accepting this award.  I never thought I'd be in the position where I'd need to use the facilities of a charity like Kent MS Therapy Centre, but I'm blessed to live in Kent and have the opportunity to access these amazing facilities. I'm very thankful for everything they've done."​



Our other finalists were:

Compaid, Paddock Wood
East Kent Mencap, Margate
Ellenor, Dartford & Gravesend
Family Matters, Gravesend
Fegans, Tunbridge Wells
Find a Voice, Ashford
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells
Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, Margate
Rochester Bridge Trust, Rochester
Turning Point, Broadstairs

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