High Sheriff Awards 2017

6th April 2017

Last week we had the pleasure of accompanying, Kathrin Smallwood, outgoing High Sheriff of Kent, as she recognised a number of charities and organisations including, The Blackthorn Trust, Restore the Years, Joining Hands, Joining Hearts, Supajam and Louie’s Helping Hands, for their valuable contribution to the Kent Community. 

The High Sheriff of Kent’s last duty is to present the annual High Sheriff Awards and Kathrin Smallwood, this year chose to visit a number of organisations around the county in person to make the presentations.

The aim of The High Sheriff of Kent’s Award Fund, set up in 2009, is to recognise outstanding acts by public servants relating to the judiciary and by individual volunteers, organisations and young people whose selfless acts have been of benefit to communities across the county.

The announcement of the awards formally conclude Kathrin Smallwood’s year as High Sheriff, Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation who administer the Awards, comments, ‘ The High Sheriff Awards come at the end of a busy year for the High Sheriff and we have enjoyed working with Kathrin. She has chosen five organisations to receive an award and we know they will put the grants to good use.”

Emma Halpin, Trust Manager at the Blackthorn Trust, comments ‘This award means we can have a bakery oven installed in our training kitchen for our beneficiaries to benefit from the therapy of artisan bread baking. The oven will also be used in our cooking courses, teaching healthy food on a budget for people to use at home for themselves and their families. We are very grateful to the High Sheriff for highlighting our work and contribution to the community.’

high sheriff blackthorn trust louie's helping hands