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Picture of the love where we live finalists from 2019

Alexander Runting was crowned the overall 2017 Love Where We Live winner in a ceremony that took place in the Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday 4 October.

Alex also won this year’s Young Volunteer of the Year award.

Alex was nominated for his volunteer work at The Cyber Café and with the IT team at St Gregory’s Catholic School, giving his time and expertise to help others. He was praised by the judges for showing maturity and patience beyond his years guiding those who need assistance through the ever changing world of social media and computer advancement.

Eight awards in total were given out at this year’s ceremony, ranging from Best Group and Charity of the Year to Young Sports Achiever and Individual Hero. Sports Training and Equipment awards also were presented to the four runners-up in the sports categories.

The winners and finalists for all the awards were:

Best Group Award

Winner - 19th Royal Tunbridge Wells St Matthew’s Scout Group

  • Finalist - Calverley Adventure Grounds
  • Finalist - Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

Sports Achiever of the Year Award

Winner - Billy Hall

  • Finalist - Morwenna Everitt
  • Finalist - Annabel Guye-Johnson

Young Sports Achiever of the Year

Winner - Harley Curtis-Lawrence

  • Finalist - Rosie Dobson
  • Finalist - Izzie Mercer

Ethical Business Award

Winner – Trinity Theatre

  • Finalist - Cook
  • Finalist - Bidborough Stores

Charity of the Year Award

Winner – St George’s Childcare

  • Finalist - Crossways Community
  • Finalist - Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services

Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner – Alexander Runting

  • Finalist - Cadet Sgt Shayn John
  • Finalist - Beau Lane-Winch

Individual Hero Award

Winner – Sybil Oddy

  • Finalist - Richard de Coverly
  • Finalist - Lester Gosbee