Andy Kent, the inspiring founder of Andy's Kars and Andy's Ark in Bar
Hill has received the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) award for
Outstanding Individual Achievement. This is a brand new award which Andy
received at the IMI's Annual Dinner on 12th March at the Grand
Connaught Rooms in London, also attended by ex-England rugby player and
TV personality, Matt Dawson and Richard Noble OBE.
Andy works tirelessly to help people overcome the challenges in their
lives, whether physical, psychological or circumstantial. He set up
Andy's Kars in 2002 and subsequently the charity, Andy's Ark in 2009 as a
centre to help young people to come to terms with their situations, and
to encourage a robust, resilient and "can do" attitude. With a helping
hand in many high profile success stories to the centre's credit,
including Paralympic 100m gold medalist Johnny Peacock. Andy is
extremely proud of the people he works with.
He says," For many people, the challenges they have you wouldn't know
about just to look at them. But these hidden challenges, such as
difficulties with speech or movement, or psycological issues, mean
people need our support. We try to show people who may have lost hope
that there is still a life worth living for them, that they can make it
happen. We are always prepared to give people a chance, and we foster
respect., motivation and self-reliance."
At the awards ceremony, where two other new awards were unveiled
alongside Andy's, IMI CEO Steve Nash said,"It is important that the IMI
takes the opportunity to recognise those individuals who have made
unique and important contributions to the progress of the sector. The
recipients of our three new awards are all leading lights in the sector
whoare setting examples for others to follow. Next year's nominees will
have a hard act to follow."
Andy's Kars has been a valued member of the Good Garage Scheme
since 2006 and we would like to congratulate Andy Kent on this well deserved award.