Winner: Keith Elgar

Keith is a working postman

from Southend-on-Sea.  For

almost twenty years his

ceaseless commitment has

been to raise money for

charity. He got on his bike

and cycled around

various places: Glasgow to

Inverness, across the Peak

district, across Devon, across Wales completed a 24 hour bike

ride, the Blaxhill bike ride, a mind blowing 160 mile bike ride

and this year the Alp ‘D’ Huez bike ride. When not on his bike,

he did various postman charity events, such as pushing his red

post barrow up Snowdon, up Scafell, up Ben Nevis and, the

Coniston lake challenge, we don't know whether his red

barrow got wet with that one! He has raised funds with Soul

nights, Band nights, and Christmas parties. He has collected

and sold scrap metal, and even taken a Boxing Day dip in the

ocean. Apart from raising in excess of Forty Thousand pounds

he has also raised over Twelve thousand Euros for orphans

abroad. A devoted family man he is always doing things for his

Children and Grandchildren and still finds time to be a trainer

at the local children’s athletic club. His nominator Peter Crix

says,“Keith is so humble, he never thinks of himself, only


Highly Commended: John Hill

John is responsible for the music 

and sport festival, ‘Tolfest’.  He

began the event in 2002 for Cancer

Research in memory of local

friends who lost their battle with

the disease, and also to raise funds

for his local community, He has

during this time raised over FORTY

THOUSAND POUNDS. The money has bought much needed

equipment for the benefit of the local community and schools

as well as supporting many worthy charities. Despite being a

busy husband and father of three, he manages to devote a

huge amount of time to making a real difference to his home



Highly Commended: Nigel Richardson


Nigel is the founder of a business called ‘Secret Hampers’, which has the original idea of encouraging acts of kindness across Essex.           Customers can send, anonymously if they wish, custom filled hampers to the needy and the elderly, or in some cases desperately hungry students! The company includes the raising of charitable funds in its structure and has, for instance, raised over TEN THOUSAND POUNDS for the Farleigh Hospice. Secret  Hampers current campaign has brought together 70 businesses to celebrate the  work of the NHS, which has already made quite an impact with Broomfield Hospital.


Highly Commended: Daniella Stiles

Daniella works closely with

outreach organisations 

throughout Colchester, Basildon

and Chelmsford, collecting and

distributing clothing, bedding,

and food, all off her own back,

and all at her own expense. She

helps to keep food banks

stocked, working through fundraising events and social media.

She collects children’s clothing (often laundering items herself)

and together with toys, delivers them to hostels. Daniella has

set up ‘The Pink Purse Project’ to provide sanitary and

hygiene products to homeless women. Despite a daily need for

strong painkillers, to combat her ongoing health situation,

Daniella remains a tireless worker on behalf of the homeless.


Her Nominator Amanda Northfields says,       

“She’s a fantastic Mum, as well as being an inspirational role

model, who is always there for everyone else. A lot of people

would be lost without her”.

Highly Commended: Michelle Tohill

        Michelle runs a unique centre

        called Aspire Support Learn, or

        ASL for short.  It’s a community

        interest company offering 

        employment opportunities, and 

        day care, to young adults with

        additional needs. In a relatively

        short space of time ASL, which 

begun as a part time centre for just two young adults, is now

attended by eighteen people with special needs. It has

launched its own commercial tearoom, run by staff, together

with some of the young adults. It is a very happy place that has

gained a great reputation for good food and entertainment.

Michelle’s vision is to take ASL further into even larger

premises where it will be able to offer larger day care facilities.

Michelle was nominated by, the MP for Harlow, The Right

Honourable Robert Halfon who said; “Michelle is an incredible

woman who has provided not only a wonderful care centre but

also a place which offers employment opportunities to young

adults with learning and physical difficulties”.





Other Supporters

Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford