I was at the Marriott Tudor Park Hotel this evening, for the Kent Adult Social Services Quality Service Awards.
These awards are run every year to honour the staff who, nominated by their colleagues and clients, really "go the extra mile".
Radio Kent’s Pat Marsh compered the evening, while Managing Director Oliver Mills and I had the easy job of presenting awards and posing for photographs.
Inevitably, the stories which led to each nomination were amazing, tear-jerking, inspiring and humbling.
Ordinary people performing extraordinary acts. Going the extra mile for the good of those they care for. Away from their job, these special people are also often going home to care for others – parents, brothers, sisters, and so on.
As it turned out, the event ran on and I was not asked to deliver the speech I’d prepared for. But I wasn’t upset. It wasn’t my evening. It belonged to those very special people without whom tomorrow would be a little less bearable for thousands of frail, elderly and vulnerable Kent residents.