This year has witnessed the death of three individuals each of whom made a significant contribution to the welfare of people.
Kevin Lynes was a member of Kent County Council's Cabinet and worked hard for the people in his division, particularly the residents of Sherwood. He was also a leading figure in the creation of Kent Savers Credit Union.
Val Griffiths was employed by Kent County Council as a detached youth worker. She became a friend of numerous disadvantaged or troubled young people and helped them recover (or indeed discover) their self respect.
Cathy Gaunt was employed latterly by a charity based in West Kent. For much of her working life she supported seriously disadvantaged groups.
I knew all three for many years and, in their own way, each was a 'one-off'. Isn't it sad that we only recognise the true worth of an individual when it is too late to tell them.