2018 Recipients: Steph Harrison and Breast Cancer Care
Awarded by Cllr Maxine Chakowa
This year the Mayor’s Award was presented to Steph Harrison for her tireless work for Breast Cancer Care not only this year as the Mayor’s charity but also for many years previously.
Steph was instrumental in bringing Pink Week to Sevenoaks raising awareness and thousands of pounds of funds to help those suffering from breast cancer.
During the Mayor’s year of office Steph has worked to provide a more permanent form of assistance for local people by the opening of a weekly Support Group. Funding has been provided by Freemasons to enable this Support Group to be available for three years. Steph and her good friend Ann Ruddle run this providing helpful and welcoming advice and or a listening ear.
Cllr Chakowa said: “There are few people in Sevenoaks who do not know of the Pink Lady and how hard she works for the charity. However I wanted to officially recognise her work in the community.”
2017 Recipient: Simon Lake
Awarded by Cllr Andrew Eyre
Civilian Instructor Simon Lake is the backbone of 2158 Sevenoaks ATC Squadron and has supported it through what has been a difficult year for them with changes to military personnel. He has arranged and coordinated support for events including Mayoral events occasionally at short notice and has led an increase in membership as well as maintaining the support team at the Squadron. I would like to make the Mayor’s Community Award for 2017 to Simon Lake.
2016 Recipients: Norma Lawrie-Hutchings and Chance to Dance
Awarded by Cllr Stephen Arnold
For her 20 year dedication bringing together dancers aged 3 upwards from dancing schools to perform together on a professional sized stage at the Stag Theatre Sevenoaks. In 2015 over 1,200 dancers had the opportunity of performing together enriching their lives.
2015 Recipient: Roni Hollands
Awarded by Cllr Simon Raikes
Roni Hollands started working with people with a learning disability about 15 years ago. She is a RAA accredited artist but has devoted her time in helping vulnerable people to paint just for pleasure.
She has run art classes at Rockdale, for MIND, Beechmont Saturday club and Phab club. She has devoted a considerable amount of time to help people with mental health issues but most of all she has been devoted to people with a learning disability.
The Mayor in presenting the Award stated that “Roni is a lady who is an inspiration to all the people she meets.”