Auctioneer Clive Emson has received the prestigious Kent Invicta Award from the county council for his work supporting various charities and promoting businesses in Kent.
He was presented with the award by KCC Chairman Tom Gates at the full council meeting, following a nomination from leader Paul Carter supported by all political parties.
Mr Gates said: “Clive is a very worthy recipient of the Kent Invicta Award.
“He is a larger than life character who can electrify an auction room. He is a highly successful and experienced businessman having headed up the business that bears his name for more than 25 years.
“Clive always aims to use his enthusiasm, energy and experience to promote Kent positively and widely.
“He was the founding chairman of the Young Lives Foundation and became their president two years ago. He has been one of the YLF’s Independent Visitors for young people in care since 2001 and has been a mentor for the schools programme since 2015.
“Clive’s vast experience, support and guidance have made a positive impact to the lives of children and young people in the county.
“His vision is that every young person in need shall have access to the resources and opportunities needed for them to achieve their potential and lead fulfilled lives.
“Over the years he has assisted many other charities not least using his considerable skills as an auctioneer. He has raised thousands of pounds for charity and continues to do so through the many fundraising events that he hosts.
“Clive was recognised by the Kent Excellence in Business Awards for his outstanding contribution to businesses in Kent in 2016.”
Mr Gates also presented Mr Emson with three cheques for a total of £5,000 for his chosen charities – the Young Lives Foundation, Kent Community Foundation and Maidstone Town Centre Youth Café.
Mr Carter said: “Clive is a worthy recipient of the award. He has done an enormous amount of work for charities up and down the country and in Kent – particularly the Young Lives Foundation.
“It has grown from strength to strength under Clive’s leadership and there are an enormous number of young people who have benefited from this charity.”
Mr Carter also who read an emotional tribute written by Darren, one of the young people Clive supported as an Independent Visitor Befriender whilst volunteering with YLF.
It said: “I know things can be said and not meant but I genuinely believe Clive saved me from where I was going and this award is a small recognition of what he has added to my life.”