Cardiff woman crowned ‘UK Smile Maker’ for her service to local community

Paula Massey was awarded the £1,000 prize by Martin and Roman Kemp

A Cardiff woman has this week been named a ‘smile maker’ by Specsavers UK for her work in the local community.

Paula Massey, 57, from Thornhill, dedicates her time and money to helping those in need, putting together parcels of food and clothes for vulnerable families in Cardiff.

Ms Massey said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and to win. It means so much to me that people view me as a Smile Maker – my main goal has always been to make my local community smile whilst helping others so to be rewarded like this is fantastic.”

She has been awarded £1000 for her work and received a video call from Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp and his radio presenter son, Roman.

Ms Massey adds: “Martin and Roman were so kind about the work I have done with bringing the community together. They really took the time to get to want to know me and how we have helped. They put smiles on all of our faces! Talking to them was an honour and I will remember this for a long time to come.”

Paula Massey’s work has won her a national award.

“This year has been tough but people like Paula, who has been so generous in her commitment to the local community, make such a positive difference,” said Martin Kemp.

“We were thrilled to be able to virtually meet Paula, learn about her incredibly inspirational work and say thank you for her service to making people smile.”

Capital Breakfast host Roman Kemp adds: “It’s been fantastic being able to read all the stories of community heroes throughout the country. Seeing people coming together to give back to others in a time we need it most has been inspiring.

“Paula is a very deserving winner and my dad and I loved chatting with her about her incredible work in Cardiff. Hopefully we made her smile in return!”

You can read more about Paula’s work below: