Kirkby volunteer presented with Resident of the Month award

A Kirkby woman who has been volunteering for charity for 25 years has been presented with a Resident of the Month award.

By Shelley Marriott
Tuesday, 5th July 2022, 9:45 am

Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield and Eastwood, was delighted to present Sally Anne Kent with the award.

The MP decided to start the award scheme in 2021 after Jak Marshall was nominated for a trip to Go Ape.

Jak had lost his dad despite bravely performing CPR on him after he collapsed in the house and his story inspired Mr Anderson to create a Resident of the Month Award, with Jak being the first winner back in September 2021.

Lee Anderson MP present Sally with her award

Every month residents are asked to nominate someone in the community who goes above and beyond to help others or improve their area.

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It is always difficult to choose a winner but Lee was instantly inspired by Sally’s story.

Sally was nominated by the Our Centre charity in Kirkby where she has volunteered for 25 years. During this time she has immersed herself in everything from making drinks to organising the Christmas Pantomime and Sally has become family to all those who attend the groups.

But it hasn’t always been easy for Sally.

Sally has Down’s syndrome so she struggles to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods and how it can affect you but despite this she has lost a total of four stone and four pounds thanks to Weight Watchers.

Since losing the weight Sally able to walk a lot more and longer distances, she also loves to play sports and is always dancing around the living room.