Keith wins top award for the Wisbech homeless charity he started with �300 in 1998

IT was 1998 when Keith Smith started the Luminus Ferry Project with just �300 and a handful of volunteers.

But now, after 14 years of helping the homeless in Wisbech, the scheme’s director has been rewarded for turning a small organisation into a significant charity which has a turnover of �1m a year.

Mr Smith was named Inspirational Leader of the Year at the Housing Heroes Awards in London.

He was presented the award by BBC presenter Louise Minchin after judges said he had “created a successful charity that has supported over 1,000 vulnerable people.”

The judges added: “His passion for helping people is clear to see.”

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Mr Smith has led the development of a new community hub that offers hostel accommodation, a shop, caf�, art gallery and osteopathy clinic.

Luminus Chief Executive Chan Abraham, who nominated Mr Smith for the award, said: “I am delighted with Keith’s achievement.

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“He is a good example of the kind of leader we are seeking to develop through our Leadership Academy as we seek to demonstrate the Luminus ‘more excellent’ way of doing business.

“With more leaders like Keith we can achieve our 2020 vision and progress on the road to renewal.”

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