Perrys Exceptional Awards 2018 - winners announced!

Recognising outstanding contributions in Kent

We were delighted to welcome our 19 finalists of the Perrys Exceptional Awards 2018 to our ceremony on Thursday 8 November, when we celebrated their respective achievements and unveiled the winners of the Perrys Exceptional Business, Perrys Exceptional Business Community Initiative, Perrys Exceptional Charity and Perrys Exceptional Individual categories. We even had a special surprise award for 2018 - Perrys Exceptional Contribution to Kent!  

Throughout 2018, we searched for the charities, individuals and businesses across Kent that have made a real difference to the communities around them - 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. 

Here we find out more about our winners. Congratulations to them and all our 2018 finalists for their incredible contributions and thank you to everyone who has worked with us to make the Perrys Exceptional Awards 2018 possible. 

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Perrys Exceptional Business 2018 

WINNER: Orchard Garage, Dartford

Orchard Garage, based in Park Road, Dartford, beat off stiff opposition to be presented with the Perrys Exceptional Business Award.

The garage, which is owned and run by the Manwaring family, has earned AA certification and is a Which? Trusted Trader, but of equal importance to the Manwarings is the garage's role in the community. As well as hosting fundraising events, Orchard employess regularly go the extra mile for customers. One customer even camped on the forecourt while his campervan underwent extensive repairs.

Pam Manwaring from Orchard Garage, said:

"We are quite amazed and a little bit overwhelmed. Orchard Garage is a team at the end of the day and everyone at the business will all be buzzing with this award - this is a recognition of their efforts. It's fantastic for all of us. Just thank you!"

Our other finalists were:

Explore Learning, Ashford
Revitalize Health & Fitness Clinic, Gravesend
The Whitstable Cake Company, Whitstable

Perrys Exceptional Business Community Initiative 2018

WINNER: Bickley Park School, Bromley

Sarah Spiteri, Marcus Cash and Anita Wenham from Bickley Park School, along with Sue Bell from Crown Meadow Care Home, were presented with the Perrys Exceptional Business Community Initiative Award.

The school developed an inspiring initiative to bridge the gap between age groups in the community. Every week a group of three-year-old children visit the nearby Crown Meadow Nursing Home where they engage with the elderly residents, reading stories together and playing games.

Sarah said:

"Winning the Perrys Exceptional Business Community Initiative Award is an amazing feat as we were up against many strong contenders in this category.  When we entered, we knew our campaign had strong merits, but we didn't expect to be the ones taking a specially-engraved trophy back to school with us."

Our other finalists were:

Café du Monde, Dartford
Kent Football Association, Ditton
Kuflink Foundation, Gravesend
Martin Tolhurst Solicitors, Kent

Perrys Exceptional Individual 2018

WINNER: Cianna Critcher, Rochester

Cianna was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three and went through two years of treatment, losing her lovely long hair. However, Cianna was determined to raise money for others with cancer and organised raffles, cake sales and lemonade stalls to raise money for The Royal Marsden Hospital and CCLG (Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group). 

Commenting on her win, Cianna said she felt "happy" and that she will carry on raising money for cancer patients as she liked "helping people to feel better".

Our other finalists were:

Marta Jiménez Varela, Rochester
Pam Manwaring, Dartford
Reg Spicer, Tonbridge

Perrys Exceptional Charity 2018

WINNER: Emmaus Dover

Emmaus Dover developed a scheme to help homeless people in the town, securing the use of Archcliffe Fort to offer 27 homeless people a roof over their heads for as long as they need it. As well as a safe place to live, they are given support to learn new skills in the workplace. Funds are raised via three thriving charity shops in Dover, Ashford and Canterbury.   

Lawrence O'Sullivan from Emmaus Dover, said:

"I was gobsmacked. It was an absolute surprise to win. We were up against some very wonderful organisations so it is a great achievement for us. This award will really help us to improve what we are trying to do and get the message out there a bit more and help us in every possible way – particularly with raising funds for our new shop. It has been a wonderful experience, thank you."

Our other finalists were:

Brogdale Collections, Faversham
ECHO (Evelina Children's Heart Organisation), serving Kent
The Family Trust Charity, Maidstone
Kent Autistic Trust
We Are Beams, Swanley

Perrys Exceptional Contribution to Kent 2018

WINNER: Reg Spicer, Tonbridge

This special award is presented at the discretion of the judges, and recognises one finalist who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to Kent.

Reg Spicer founded Tonbridge Junior Football Club in 1993 and has dedicated the last 25 years to providing low-cost grassroots football to children of all ages in the community. The judge's were so impressed by Reg's dedication to his work, they decided to reward Reg with this special trophy.

Our other finalists were:

Marta Jiménez Varela, Rochester
Pam Manwaring, Dartford
Reg Spicer, Tonbridge

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