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One Westminster volunteer recognised at Westminster Carer Awards

4 Nov 2016

One of our learning disability project’s most tireless volunteers, Martin Kehoe, was awarded the Befriender, Voluntary or Community carer award by Cllr Steve Summers, Lord Mayor of Westminster, for his outstanding contribution to the community.

A volunteer with One Westminster’s Learning Disability project since 2008, Martin gives up much of his time regularly visiting two adults with learning disabilities and organises social events and activities for a learning disability project. He said: “I hope I’ve made a small difference to the lives of the people I work with and given them a helping hand along the way.”

Sandra Joao, Befriending and Mentoring Coordinator of the Learning Disability project added: “Martin is an exceptional volunteer and has been one of the most committed and reliable volunteers we have ever worked with at One Westminster.”      

At the ceremony, which took place at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch on 31 October was attended by more than 120 unpaid carers and guests. Twenty-seven unpaid carers were recognised across 11 categories including unpaid carer of someone with mental health needs, parent carer, unpaid carer of more than one person and young carer.

The Westminster Carer Awards 2016 were organised by Westminster City Council and sponsored by Amba Hotel and Sodexo, with entertainment provided by the West End Kids and The Blend Choir.