Long-term DEBRA supporter David Hawes-Gatt (Director of Sevenoaks based company Chevening Financial) wins the Small Business Big Heart national award for his charitable work with local elderly ladies.

Sir Michael Fallon, MP for Sevenoaks and Secretary of State for Defence, awarded the £1,000 prize to David for DEBRA, the charity of his choice, at a prize giving ceremony.

Chevening Financial was selected as the overall winner for its eight-year long programme of community support taking housebound pensioners out for shopping and socialising, which has now become the highlight of many of the beneficiaries’ weeks.  To date Chevening Financial’s Director David Hawes-Gatt has clocked up 4,000 miles taking care of his group of lovely, lively ladies and gone on to arrange additional outings like Christmas lunches, cream teas and trips to the seaside.

Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at BusinessesForSale.com comments, “When we launched the Small Business Big Heart campaign we were confident the small business community would provide plenty of examples of how they help worthy causes, but even we were overwhelmed with the volume and exceptional quality of entries.  Chevening is without doubt a worthy first winner of what proved to be a hotly-contested award.”

Sir Michael Fallon MP adds, “I was delighted to be able to congratulate David and his team at Chevening Financial in person for receiving this award.  Becoming a regional finalist was impressive; winning the national competition is a quite remarkable achievement.  I am proud that a business in my constituency is playing such an active role in the community and I look forward to hearing more about its work in the future.”

David Hawes-Gatt began using his own car to ensure the ladies that couldn’t manage to get on the minibus did not miss out on their shopping and the all-important socialisation that goes with it. He says, “It seemed like the obvious thing to do and now it’s one of the best parts of my week.  The time since I started has really flown by and the ladies are fantastic company.  Getting an award is great, and even more so since we can pass on the prize money to another great cause.”

David has been an active supporter of DEBRA since 2003, initially attending charity golf days then as the Captain at Hever Castle Golf Club he chose DEBRA as his charity of the year and more recently he has Captained the DEBRA Golf Society and hosted a golf day each year at Hever Castle since.  He works tirelessly as part of the Events Committee helping define and market our events.  David also regularly support DEBRA’s major events and golf days and is fantastic at introducing new supporters to us.

David even went as far as to run the London Marathon run for DEBRA on 23 April 2017.