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Chair of Trustees Rev Brian Leathard, Senior Comms Manager Melissa Kerschen and Corporate and Major Donors Manager Patrick Luong

photo credit Adam Duke 

The inaugural Chelsea Awards, held on October 8 at the Saatchi Gallery, were organised by Cadogan and Sloane Square magazine to celebrate the Chelsea community.  

Glass Door staff members Melissa Kerschen and Patrick Luong as well as Chair of Trustees Rev Brian Leathard were in attendance to represent the thousands of local Glass Door volunteers, partners and supporters past and present.

"We were thrilled to be included in the shortlist, and honoured to be recognised for the good work that relies on the goodwill and partnership of so many in the community," said Chief Operating Officer Lucy Abraham upon receiving notice of the recognition. 

There was a huge amount of Chelsea spirit in the room, a speech from Lord Chelsea, and much warmth for the winners and those shortlisted. Says Adrian Day, Managing Director of the publishing company behind Sloane Square Magazine:

Casting a spotlight on just how much there is to celebrate in Chelsea, the Awards were the perfect opportunity to unite the community.

There were seven award categories, for which nominations had been pouring in for the past few months, noted Mr Day. 

Award winners of 2019 Chelsea Awards

The seven award categories and the winners were:

  • The Community Collaboration Award was sponsored by American Smile. The winner was the charity Glass Door, with Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend and the Ambassadors of Sloane Street shortlisted.
  • The In Good Taste Award, sponsored by Caprice Holdings, celebrated those who are making Chelsea taste that bit sweeter. The winner was grocers Partridges and the Duke of York Square Market it pioneered, with Chelsea Fishmongers and The Sea The Sea, a fishmonger-cum-restaurant, shortlisted.
  • The Future Forward Award was sponsored by Cripps Pemberton Greenish. The winner was The Fashion School, which teaches sustainable fashion. Blanc dry cleaners, which has eco-friendly methods, and Daniela de Montby, who has created fish-leather handbags and accessories, were shortlisted.
  • The Cultural Champion Award was sponsored by Chelsea Physic Garden. The winner was the Royal Court Theatre, with the Saatchi Gallery and Cadogan Hall shortlisted.
  • The Only in Chelsea Award was sponsored by Sloane Square Magazine. The winner was John Sandoe bookstore, with famed botanical destination Chelsea Physic Garden and two local newsstands, Sid and Haines, shortlisted.
  • The Community Hero Award was sponsored by Dermalogica. The winner was the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which does such valuable work across the area, with local resident and poppy collector Anne Hopewell-Ashe and The Royal Hospital shortlisted.
  • The Masters of Craft Award was sponsored by jeweller Theo Fennell. The winner was David Mellor, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sloane Square. Shortlisted was women's tailoring brand The Deck and famed shoe maker Manolo Blahnik, who set up his first boutique in Chelsea in 1970.

More than 400 members of the community came together for the award presentations, which were sponsored by local businesses Knight Frank and INEOS.