Samantha Cameron hosts reception for ‘charity champions’

Samantha Cameron hosts reception for ‘charity champions’

On Tuesday 3 February 2015, Samantha Cameron hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street for ‘charity champions'.

Conservative parliamentary candidate Cllr Kelly Tolhurst for Rochester and Strood nominated two guests from her constituency who she considered to be 'charity champions' to attend a reception in their honour at 10 Downing Street.

Cllr Kelly Tolhurst nominated Kelly Wells and David Taylor.

Kelly Wells after a traumatic personal experience founded Making Miracles which aims to support parents, fundraise for Fetal Medicine Unit’s and raise awareness whilst helping to provide research to help lower the rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects. Making Miracles are currently raising funds for a heart monitor and are about to launch a big community project in Rochester. For more information please visit

David Taylor has spent his retirement years setting up and organising community focused activities and organisations, including a Youth Club and an Active Retirement Association where he lives on St Mary’s Island, a recently developed residential area within Chatham Maritime. David’s other voluntary work involves him as a Trustee of Chatham Maritime Trust and Chair of the Island Resident’s Association. Most recently he has become a founder member of Medway Sunlight Rotary Club dedicated, like all Rotary Clubs, to: “Helping Others Making a difference”.

Samantha Cameron said:
“It was a privilege to meet Kelly and David from Making Miracles and Medway Sunlight Rotary Club at 10 Downing Street. Their amazing work is changing the lives of individuals and families across the Medway and Kent, it was an honour to celebrate their work at the reception for charity champions.”

Cllr Kelly Tolhurst said:
“Kelly and David work tirelessly for others within our community and it was a pleasure to be able to highlight the work they are doing in Medway."

Kelly Wells said:
“I was thrilled to get the invitation! It really was a lovely evening; we arrived at Number 10, where all the staff and security were very happy and engaging and could not do enough for us. We then were taken into a private room to meet Samantha herself. She was absolutely lovely, very down to earth and genuinely interested in the work Making Miracles do. We posed for some pictures and then used the opportunity to meet others working in our field and network, it really was a positive and rewarding experience that I won’t ever forget”

David Taylor said:
I was overwhelmed and quite nervous when I received Kelly’s kind invitation. However, I need not have been as Samantha was very warm, natural, and a joy to meet. Although this reception is a regular weekly event for Samantha she showed a genuine interest and we shared a joke about some of the difficult issues that can arise running a youth club. I managed to meet a number of other Rotarians who had similarly been invited. I feel privileged to have been invited as I am sure there are many more deserving volunteers in our communities who may never have this opportunity.