Monday, 9 December 2013

Dame Kelly Holmes visits Thanet

On Wednesday 4 December Mears Construction Building in Margate was busy preparing for the appearance of their special sporting guest, double gold Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.

Dame Kelly visited Mears Construction, one of the many local businesses involved in the Legacy Trust programme, which is working in partnership with Thanet District Council. She came to see how the young adults are finding the programme and to bring some added inspiration into the group, which is the only programme of this sort in Kent. She congratulated the group for taking part in the programme. “It’s going really well and looks like you’re really enjoying it”.

Kelly answered questions from the group saying “Being born and bred in Kent meant that we just had to set up this programme in Kent. Things you do in life are always going to be hard. You’re always going to have your ups and downs, but never give up – always give it a good go otherwise you may end up regretting not trying.

“Take these opportunities and skills you’re learning and be proud of yourselves. Even the little skills such as turning up on time means you’re learning to respect others.”
A tour was taken around the building to show what skills the young adults are taking part in as part of the programme, including brick-laying and plastering. Dame Kelly even took part in a taste of the practical skills herself.

Councillor Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Thanet District Council said: “To have Dame Kelly Holmes visit Thanet is an honour and privilege especially for the young adults involved in the programme. Being a local to Kent, Dame Kelly is a fantastic role model to all involved in this programme.

“Thanet is a fantastic area to host this programme, having so much to offer and many businesses with a useful and interesting skill set and to be the only programme of its kind in Kent is certainly a positive for this area.”

On Tuesday 17 December the young adults are also taking part in cooking a three course Christmas feast for the elderly and vulnerable. Using the kitchen at Global Generation Church in Margate, this will increase the group’s skill set and their confidence in voluntary and community activities, which is an important part of this programme.

If you know of someone who would benefit from this service at Christmas time, please contact Rosemary Weavers from the Royal Voluntary Service on 01843 265869 to book a place.

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