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Sep 2016

Not Just Kitchen Ideas proudly support all Local Heroes at Eagle Radio Awards Ceremony


Last night was a glitzy affair at G Live for the Eagle Radio Local Heroes Awards. We were so excited to attend and to be part of this incredible annual event that recognises unsung heroes of Surrey and Hampshire. Not Just Kitchen Ideas proudly support each and every one of the 11 deserved inspirational individuals who really go to extraordinary lengths to dedicate their lives to others in our local community.

Peter Gordon and Breakfast hosted the Awards Ceremony
Peter Gordon and Breakfast Bev hosted the Awards Ceremony


We were absolutely delighted to present The Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Bennett. This incredible lady has dedicated the last 50 years to childminding and fostering, having fostered over 300 children since 1966, this is quite an extraordinary feat of dedication.

Pauline Jacobs of the Childcare Advisory Team at Surrey County Council said “I haven’t come across anyone with such dedication”

Igor, who was fostered by Barbara and also presented the award alongside our director Paul Fox said “She helps other people before herself and that’s what makes her a great woman and this award gives something back to her for all these years. Without her I don’t know where I would be right now”

Toby, whose Mum was fostered by Barbara, who he refers to as Nan said “Nan was always a solid support for me, she did anything and everything she could and I couldn’t think of anyone else that could do it better”

Barbara with her award
Barbara with her award


Barbara was quite taken aback in her acceptance speech “Thank you, childminding and fostering has been a joy. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it” She even encouraged others to take on the role adding “We desperately need more childminders, so if anyone is interested, you can’t go wrong”

The team at Not Just Kitchen Ideas, know that Barbara truly didn’t go wrong when in 1966 she decided to help local children and families by embarking on a vocation of childminding and fostering. You really are our Hero!

For details of all the other inspiring winners and more photos of the event click here


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