One of the highlights in our marketing calendar is the Perrys Exceptional Awards ceremony – a fantastic evening of celebration and pure emotion to honour some exceptional people in the Kent area. This year's black tie dinner took place on Thursday 8th November at the magnificent Leeds Castle.
Now in its third year, we're proud to play our part in helping to organise the event on behalf of our client Perrys Chartered Accountants. And judging by the feedback from everyone, the evening proved to be an outstanding success.
The Exceptional Awards initiative is designed to recognise the altruism and dedication of exceptional businesses, charities and individuals across the county of Kent. During the evening, each shortlisted candidate appeared in a short film outlining why they had been nominated. It's this unique and personal insight that best brings to life the stories of those who work so hard to benefit others.
Attended by over 100 guests, our very own account team – Peter Sutton, Harriette Conroy, Tracie Carter, Josh Killner, Ben Luff and Elliott Killen – donned their finery to join Perrys staff and all the nominated finalists and their families to present the winners.
We're thrilled to share their stories.
Cianna was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three, but that didn't stop the brave seven-year-old from raising money to help others with cancer. Cianna has organised raffles and set up lemonade and cake stalls, raising an impressive £3,000. As she came up on stage to receive her specially-engraved trophy, Cianna received a standing ovation. With a beam on her face, she said she felt "happy" to be a winner, and told everyone that she will carry on raising money for cancer patients as she liked "helping people to feel better".
The team at Emmaus Dover helps homeless people in the town by giving them a place to live at Archcliffe Fort, as well as providing support and helping them to develop new job skills. Funds are raised via three thriving charity shops in Dover, Ashford and Canterbury. Lawrence O'Sullivan, Nigel Bodell, Nigel Simmons and Sean Cullinane, who have all been helped by the charity, were presented with a specially-engraved trophy.
The family-run garage has earned AA certification and is a Which? Trusted Trader, but of equal importance to owners Pam and Geoff Manwaring is the garage's role in the community. As well as hosting fundraising events, Orchard employees regularly go the extra mile for customers.
Bickley Park School launched an inspiring initiative to bridge the gap between age groups in the community. Every week a group of three-year-old children visit the Crown Meadow Nursing Home, where they engage with the elderly residents, reading stories together and playing games.
Patrick Wenham, Headmaster at the school, added: "I'm very proud to have such an inspirational team and the boys will be delighted to hear we are award winners!"
This year, the judges announced a surprise special award to Reg Spicer for his contribution to the community. Reg founded Tonbridge Junior FC in 1993 and has been chairman ever since. For 25 years, Reg has dedicated his life to the club, providing low-cost grassroots football to more than 750 children of all ages.
Commenting on the evening, Stewart Pope, Perrys CEO, said: "It's truly humbling to find that there are so many dedicated, committed individuals making such a positive contribution to the lives of the people in our wonderful Kent community. Our winners this year really are exceptional and inspiring."
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