BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2011

By Jamie Stilgoe

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are hosting its first awards ceremony in honour of the unsung heroes working in our community this Thursday (15th December).

The potential winners have been nominated by residents within the BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey area.

The winners, including a Special Recognition Award, will be announced on BBC Sussex 95.3FM/ 104.5FM/ 104.8FM

Nicci Holliday, Managing editor of BBC Sussex, said, “We were absolutely delighted with the response to our first ever awards and the quality of entries made for a very tough judging process.

“Pretty much any of the nominees could have made it onto the shortlist, and they were all inspiring stories.”

The categories are:

Young person of courage or achievement

Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, having demonstrated courage or maturity beyond their years.

Nominees: Lauren Gander, Emma Stone, Charlie Doherty


Candidates have demonstrated exceptional courage in the face of adversity.

Nominees: Tim Bracher, PC Lloyd Auloni, John Groombridge


Presented to a member of the emergency services for commitment in their profession.

Nominees: PC Steve Reed, Maureen Bridgland, PC Rachel Piggott


Awarded to someone who has contributed to local sporting life, either by playing a sport or acting as a
referee or official.

Nominees: Matt Eade & Scott Morgan, Graham Cridland, Clare Clarke, Peter Seymour.

Good neighbour

Awarded to the person who goes out of their way to help their neighbours.

Nominees: Umit Ozturk, Jo Douglas, Suchitra Chatterjee, Anne & John Groombridge.


Someone who has given up their time to raise funds for a charity or good cause.

Fundraiser Nominees: Barbara Alderson, Virginia Edwards, Julia Franklin, Kevin & Karen Capel, Marianne & Anthony Watts and Gay & Nick Skinner

Volunteer Nominees: Jane Pennock, Maureen Harkess, Senay Smallwood, Pauline Fitter
Cliff van Tonder

Local entrepreneur

Recognising an individual or company’s contribution to supporting the local business community.

Nominees: Tracy Marlow, Kevin Patrick, Abigail Harrison

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