The Community Hero Award, sponsored by telecare provider Welbeing, honours unsung local Sussex heroes who help make their community a better place to live. So far 10 local heroes have won awards across the county and Welbeing are proud to be continuing with the award into 2016. Here who has been recognised so far:
The first winner was Malcolm Richards who worked tirelessly to open a foodbank in Hailsham to help feed those in need.
Cancer survivor Ben Fuller, 39, from Lewes, won for his work with the Oyster Project, a self-help charity for disabled people in Lewes which develops members’ skills and independence.
Next up was public-spirited teacher, Jade Starkins, who organised a festival that raised £5,000 to support people with cancer has won this month’s Community Hero Award.
Jan Kerwood also organised a fundraiser, in aid of Cancer Research UK, raising £5,000 in the memory of her late sister, Tracy, who died of breast cancer.
Then we recognised volunteer Ann Green who was so moved when her friends’ 12-year old daughter was hit by a car and suffered a severe brain injury, she offered her assistance when they set up a Sussex branch of the charity Headway.
In February Sam Imber won the award for assisting dozens of people and businesses in the Uckfield area struggling with difficulties such as floods, storms, power cuts and accidents.
Mick Mayo was a much-loved milkman who spread happiness to customers on his round for 37 years. It was his caring acts that most endeared him to his customers and won him the award.
A village stalwart, Beryl Smith, who has run Berwick post office for 40 years won in June.
Next was the founder of a wildlife charity who has been rescuing animals in East Sussex for 30 years.
Trevor Weeks MBE was just 13 when he began helping injured animals and undertaking conservation work in the Hailsham area where he lived.
Most recently was Diana Rogers who has dedicated more than 40 years to encouraging children to read. Diana is a founder member of the Lewes Children’s Bookgroup, set up in 1974 and has served on its committee as both chair and treasurer.
To nominate someone for the award in 2016 who makes their community a better place to live, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of who you are nominating and why they deserve it.