BUSINESSES which have gone the extra mile to meet the needs of people with disabilities were recognised at an awards ceremony this weekend.
The Ashford Access Group held its annual general meeting at Furley Hall on Saturday and used the event to present certificates to four local business.
The group campaigns to raise awareness of the needs of disabled people in the borough and chairman Michael Claughton said the annual meeting gives them a chance to recognise efforts made by local businesses to improve facilities for people with physical disabilities and other needs.
He said: “We present awards to businesses every year. There are some out there who go a long way to improve access. These businesses have done a great deal and we’re greatly appreciative.”
Certificates were presented to optometrists Brownbills, the Kent and Medway Partnership, John Lewis At Home and Broadoak Mini.
Brownbills received an award for improvements to the town centre shop including a new ramped access and a disabled toilet.
Optical assistant Alan Stamp said: “We made the improvements to better access for all our patients, specifically with the elderly and disabled in mind.
“We’re delighted to have received the award and really enjoyed the meeting. It’s nice to know there is a group looking out for people in the area.”
For more information, visit www.ashford-access-group.org.uk