Woman of the Year Awards: Friends say Tammy is a stand-out mum and community volunteer

Tammy Kent
Tammy Kent
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BEING a single mum is a tough job.

But Tammy Kent, a mum of six, is no ordinary woman.

The 39-year-old, from Gosport, has been nominated for The News’ Woman of the Year Awards for her community work.

Because, on top of caring for her children and grandchild, she has also organised the FortonFest community celebration for the past 11 years.

Tammy is one of dozens of inspirational woman to have been nominated by people who believe they deserve recognition and their time in the spotlight.

The idea for FortonFest was sparked when negative comments were made about the Gosport estate.

From just a small event with stalls and a bouncy castle, the festival grew to a huge community celebration.

But Tammy decided to call time on the event after this year following the death of her beloved grandmother Gladys Kent.

But it was a poignant ending because scores of balloons were released in memory of loved ones who people from the estate had lost, including teenagers Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry, who were killed in a car crash last November.

Now Tammy has been nominated for the prestigious award by friend Chloe Palmer who said: ‘She is an awesome lady, running FortonFest for the past 11 years which is a free community festival.

‘She put hours into the event – from walking the streets to giving out flyers, arranging fundraising events to help pay for the festival and even to just blowing up balloons on the day.

‘She has a great reputation in the community, she’s always a strong happy, woman.

‘She’s had the worst year so far. After losing her youngest children’s dad and being strong for them, she needed a major operation which left her off her feet for a few weeks.

‘Then shortly after, she lost her gran – the lady who inspired her to do what she does.

‘Tammy has six children and one grandchild. Although this is FortonFest’s last year we already know she’s planning to continue her community work.’

We have received dozens of nominations for women across the community. From amazing mums, like Tammy, to women who have acted on brilliant, off-the-wall ideas and developed fantastic business opportunities.

We want to hear about those who have really gone above and beyond the call of duty, but are too modest to come forward and tell us about themselves.

The deadline for nominations has now been extended until October 3 so get yours in soon.

The categories

Best Success Story

Best Online Business Woman

Businesswoman of the Year

Woman in the Community, Charity or Voluntary Sector

Woman in Fashion

Mum of the Year

Woman in the Arts

Woman in Education

Most Inspirational

Woman to Watch

Woman of Courage

Young Woman Award

How to enter

For information on how to enter, visit jpsouthevents.co.uk.