Pam Comber MBE (former Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary Trustee and volunteer) stepped down following ill health in early 2020, following over 30 years developing mental health support locally; this included opening the Mind Centre in 1993 and setting up Folkestone & District Mind charity which is still in use in Dover Road today – now South Kent Mind. Pam was subsequently rewarded with her MBE for her work supporting mental health. Trustees of South Kent Mind chose to honour Pam and her commitment to the charity by renaming the basement room at the Centre, the Pam Comber MBE Room.
This photo shows Pam’s daughter Sue Cooke holding the plaque together with Sheridan Hammond, Acting Chair in December 2021 prior to the plaque’s installation. Trustees also named a volunteering award after Pam and this was bestowed upon long standing ‘Pop In’ volunteer Anne Creed. Anne has been involved with the Centre for over 25 years.
Sue has herself been volunteering for the charity for many, many years as shop volunteer and is still managing collection pots in local venues (incredibly Pam was still providing admin support for these pots up to May 2021) Re-naming the room is a great way to mark Pam’s legacy in helping to improve the lives of local residents with mental health challenges.