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Awards for Gravesham’s most inspiring people

PUBLISHED: 15:25 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 11 May 2016

The winners of the Gravesham Community Awards

The winners of the Gravesham Community Awards

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The council held its annual award ceremony on May 10

Some of the most inspiring people in Gravesham were recognised for their achievements at the borough’s annual award ceremony this week.

Hilary Smith, who celebrates her 80th birthday this year, picked up the award for outstanding individual in recognition of her work for Gravesham Citizens Advice Bureau, where she has volunteered for more than a decade.

She helps around 30 people every week, and it is estimated that she has touched the lives of more than 15,000 people and their families in Gravesham during her time as a volunteer.

Performance Carz took the Community Business Award after raising more than £22,500 for the British Heart Foundation on a fundraising drive from Gravesend to Amritsar in India.

Rhys Roberts, 11, and Acacia Newton, 12, were given the young person of the year award for their work helping younger children at the Word on the Street Youth Club on Kings Farm.

Twelve-year-old Kayla Fry was named sports achiever of the year after competing at the British Figure Skating Championships in December and achieving third place at Skate Southern International.

Despite skating 18 hours a week, before school, after school and on weekends, she still manages to complete all of her school homework.

Best group award went to Northfleet Carnival Organising Committee, which coordinates a major event every year, working with local businesses to organise a procession through the streets of Gravesham.

The safer/better award was given to Gravesham Langar Seva, which started distributing free food (Langar) to the homeless in the town centre in August last year and now serves more than 20 homeless people from the Grand every Tuesday evening.

A special honour went to Scott Dunleavy from Cinemaworx for his work in helping the local council to film its events.

The Gravesend Carers Support Group Volunteers, which has been helping people with dementia for more than 30 years, also received a special award.

The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 10, just before the annual council meeting.

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