Residents honoured at Mid Sussex Community Service Awards 2017

PR2124/LJ/MF - 22/09/2017

Mid Sussex District Council celebrated the outstanding contributions local people make to the Mid Sussex community by hosting the Community Service Awards 2017.

Held at the South of England Showground in Ardingly on Sunday 17 September, the Community Service Awards recognised exceptional members of the community who give up their time to make Mid Sussex a better place to live.

Each year, Mid Sussex District Council invites its Members, and town and parish councils, to nominate residents who dedicate their time, skills and energy to enhancing the quality of community life.

The 2017 awards were presented by Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council and the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Lady Emma Barnard. The awards recognised people from right across the District of Mid Sussex and here are just a few stories from the 34 winners.

Victoria Chalmers MBE was nominated by Mid Sussex District Council Leader Garry Wall for the instrumental role she has played in establishing the Time 4 Children charity. Based in Mid Sussex, Time 4 Children provides much needed emotional and practical support for vulnerable children in our communities, many of whom have experienced severe emotional trauma.

Phil Payne was nominated by Ardingly Parish Council because he has pushed his body to the limit in order to raise thousands of pounds for charity. In April 2017, he rode non-stop for 30 hours to raise funds for the NSPCC and in the past Phil has run the Marathon des Sables, a 6-day 251km ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert. This year he will be running the Brighton and Stockholm marathons in aid of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Chris Lambe was nominated by Councillor Gordon Marples for the valuable contribution he makes to Hassocks village life. Chris and his family run the Hassocks Hotel and each year they hold a leaving BBQ for the village infant school. To help the local community come together Chris provides his hotel and gardens as the venue for village family fun days and this year he will host the village Dog Show. Chris also sponsors the local football and netball teams, and in the run up to Christmas he provides free dinners for pensioners.

“We are fortunate to have so many kind-hearted people in Mid Sussex who are willing to give up their time to help others and support their local community,” said Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council. “Looking at all the nominations I was amazed at the huge range of activities, fundraising and volunteer work that the nominees have undertaken.

“These Community Service Awards represent our opportunity to show the nominees just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community. They have all done remarkable work within the local community and I feel privileged to present them with these awards.”