Community Champion recognised with County Award

Ellen Neville, our very own Community Champion has been recognised for all her hard work in setting up and developing the Community Fridge / Pantry project in Hawkhurst.

Her nomination stated;

Ellen Neville is a long term resident of Hawkhurst who has made positive contributions to areas such as Hawkhurst Primary School and the Scouts in the past. However, this year she led and set up the Community Fridge / Pantry which has been a great success. The aim is to reduce food waste and provide for the local community. In this year of all years this has become an invaluable resource for many families in challenging circumstances. None of the support would have happened with Ellen Neville’s drive in fund raising, operational management and passion for supporting good causes in Hawkhurst.”  The KALC Community Award 2021 is signed by the High Sheriff of Kent.

Ellen said “A very simple light bulb moment that became far bigger than I could have ever imagined… and I couldn’t leave it there could I?!

It is a huge honour to accept this award and I must thank the team of volunteers that have been on this journey with me. We had no template for operating the Hawkhurst Community Fridge; we had to think fast and adapt even faster.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with and for members of my community and see some wonderful people shine through the dark times. These people are now my friends and part of my brighter life too.”

Once more a big thank you to Ellen and all those who have worked so hard during the year to support others.