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Ashford Applause – Fourth champion announced!

Published : 29/06/2020

Inspiring, dedicated, passionate, caring, and a true community hero are just some of the heart-warming ways our Ashford Applause champions have been described by their nominees. 

Ashford Applause is Ashford Borough Council and Loveashford’s campaign which shows our community champions how valued they are by shining a spotlight on special people who make a positive difference to our lives when we need it most. 

We are pleased to announce our fourth Ashford Applause champion as Christine Winch. 

Christine is part of a volunteer team in Bethersden; each week the team takes nominations from people in the village to receive either a food box, a meal voucher from a local pub, or a wellbeing gift.  

Since the start of April, Christine and her family spend every Tuesday morning in Bethersden Scout and Guide Hut where they make up to 70 boxes of food and gifts a week.  

What’s more, Christine came up with the idea of delivering a gift bag filled with tea, cake and bunting, to elderly residents in the village so they could enjoy and celebrate Victory in Europe Day at home. The team delivered a total of 120 bags to the community that day.  

Sonia Lassnig made the nomination along with co-workers Jan, Dawn and Marian. Sonia said: “Christine is so committed to supporting the wellbeing of people in Bethersden; every week she goes an extra mile to make sure every nominee receives a food box or gift that meets their individual need. She even spends her weekends delivering to people herself if we run out of time.  

“I have been inspired and humbled by Christine’s energy, enthusiasm, dedication and ongoing willingness to support her village. This nomination is submitted by myself, Jan, Dawn and Marian, to recognise the enormous amount of contribution Christine has made and continues to make during this unprecedented time. She is a true hero in her community.” 

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There is still plenty of time left to nominate your local community champion for an Ashford Applause to give them the recognition they deserve.  

The nominations are open to all individuals, whether it be a dedicated key worker on the frontline, a selfless volunteer delivering food parcels or an outstanding neighbour collecting shopping, prescriptions or cooking meals for others in their area.   

Start the nomination process and for top tips on how to submit a great application for your community champion, visit Loveashford's Instagram feed