After the culmination of eight months of searching and drawing up a shortlist of 27 deserving finalists, we are delighted to announce the winners of the first ever Perrys Exceptional Awards.
Kent's most exceptional community stars were unveiled at a glittering awards ceremony at Leeds Castle in Maidstone on Thursday 10 November.The event shone a spotlight on the county's most outstanding charities, individuals, businesses and services and we were honoured to be able to meet the finalists and their representatives on the night.
As hosts, we welcomed over 100 guests including charity and business leaders from across the county. The overall winners were selected by local residents who voted in each category, ensuring the awards were a community-wide affair.
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.
Since retiring, Fred and Fran have put their time and energies into a wide range of community groups and charity projects around Tonbridge, from supporting dementia sufferers and refugees to volunteering at a local homeless shelter.
St. John's Pharmacy, owned by Farhad Ismail, provides a fundamental service to the Sidcup community.
The Fitness Link, owned by Lucy and JP West, 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.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who got involved in these awards, from the nominees to those who took the time to vote for the winners. The awards evening was an inspirational look at the invaluable work being done throughout Kent on a day-to-day basis.
Our CEO Stewart Pope commented:
"I have always known there were a large number of fantastic people in Kent having spent my working life in the county and being born and bred in Canterbury.
"I was truly humbled and staggered by the quality of those nominated and the passion and compassion they have all shown. It was a pleasure to celebrate their achievements with them and I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our winners."
Pop over to our Facebook page to see pictures from the awards night, including snaps of all our wonderful winners.
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