Nourish Community Foodbank was crowned the overall 2016 Love Where We Live winner in a ceremony that took place in the Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday 11 October and they also won this year’s Charity of the Year award. Nourish were commended by the judges for their huge contribution to the local community. Since being established in 2012 they have helped over 4,500 people in crisis and work with over 90 partner teams who refer clients for emergency help when needed.
This year’s awards were attended by a special guest – gold medal winning Paralympian Will Bayley. At the end of the ceremony Will was presented with gold post box, made by Terry Malone, who runs a carpentry and joinery business near Sevenoaks, to honour his achievements in Rio.
Other winners were:
Heath Stores – a village shop at the heart of the Horsmonden community that provides employment for local young people and supports local suppliers, as well as organising community events and sponsoring the primary school football team.
Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun – a friendly non-competitive run, with emphasis on self improvement that sees an average of 130 runners participating in Dunorlan Park each Saturday.
Zane Cheeseman – Zane has been an outstanding coach at Horsmonden Tennis Club for 14 years inspiring many youngsters to become competent players. He has been instrumental in the development of the club and is totally committed helping it move forward, encouraging new members and organising many tournaments.
Young Sports Achiever
Olivia Wittenberg – 11 year old Olivia is an excellent cross country runner with talent and a steely determination. She is currently the holder of the Tunbridge Wells Cross Country League Year 5 Girls’ Trophy and came ninth in this year’s National Cross Country Finals. She also organised a sponsored run at her primary school raising nearly £1000 for charity.
Heather Cullingworth – Heather works tirelessly and enthusiastically for the community of Frittenden. She makes events happen that are fun, inclusive and joyous. She is also the village lollipop lady and serves on the Parish Council. She will always lend a hand and makes any occasion brighter and more community-oriented.
George Milham – 17 year old George has been attending Sherwood Men’s Shed since last year, finding a niche where he can make a positive contribution to the community and learn new skills. Through volunteering George has been exposed to activities he would not normally have come into contact with.
The awards this year were sponsored by Town and Country Foundation, Fusion Lifestyle, John Lewis at home, Kent and Sussex Courier and King Charles’ School Old Boys’ Association.