A Kent pensioner has been shortlisted for a Best Neighbour award and an Extraordinary Talent award. Brian Cutler, who lives at Anchor’s Harmer Court in Southborough, was nominated by 15 neighbours for his kindness and his cooking.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Mr Cutler is thrilled to be shortlisted for the awards. He said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated – and by so many people, I am really blown away. It is really important to have good neighbours and I’m glad I can help out in my community, even if that’s just sharing a bite to eat and a chat.”

Neighbour Sue LeCoq, who is thankful for the help Brian gives to her, said: “Brian is the best neighbour anyone could hope for. I will be 100 in the next few months and am in a wheelchair - Brian checks on me every day. He always goes out of his way to put a smile on his neighbours’ faces.”

Carol-Grace Buckman, who enjoys Brian’s baking, said: “Harmer Court is blessed by Brian’s continual supply of homemade cakes, bread pudding and particularly famous sausage rolls. Brian recently organised a harvest lunch, bringing residents together for a wonderful tea, which brought great joy and fun to us all.”

Another neighbour, Betty Taylor, added: “Brian installed an aviary in the garden with a number of different species of birds, which have brought delight and amazement to us all. He also got us a pair of budgies which live in our front hallway. I have difficulty walking so I like to sit and watch them flying around.”

A customer panel will be coming together later this month to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in December.

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