Winners 2020

We are proud to recognise the amazing individuals, groups and businesses from across the District in this year’s Mid Sussex Applauds Awards.

Unfortunately we are unable to celebrate in person but we are talking with the winners and are looking forwards to introducing them to you in our Awards video very soon!

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Young Achiever Award

Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

 

 Young Achiever Award, Joint winners – Zac Lammas and Kieran Thompson
Zac’s fortitude and spirit has been paramount in his recovery following a catastrophic injury in 2018. ‘He inspires everyone he meets with his cheerful attitude, good humour, and positivity. He is a true inspiration to all, achieving so much in the relatively short period since his injury.’

During lockdown Kieran was self-isolating but on his daily walk he decided to spread some cheer by dressing as Spider-Man. This took him all over Burgess Hill and he also started raising money for the NHS and has managed to raise over £2500 so far. ‘This young man is a real-life superhero!’

Take Pride in Mid Sussex

This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle.

Take Pride in Mid Sussex winner - Joanne Clayton
Joanne operates a Terracycle drop off point from her home in Haywards Heath on a voluntary basis. ‘Although she has not kept a record of the amount of waste this scheme has saved from landfill to date, Joanne believes it to be hundreds of kilos!’

Young Volunteer of the year

Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community

 

Young Volunteer of the year winner - Thomas Martin
When the local church realised that online communication was going to be vital during lockdown, they knew they needed help, and Thomas willingly stepped up. “He has been the hub around which many people connect and deserves recognition for being so essential to the community - not just the church, but the rest of the village too.”

Highly Commended – Connor Murphy
Commended – Charlotte Curran, Lara Holti Wickens, Rebecca Mummery, Leo Rimmer, Ellah Sasson, Kieran Thompson.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

An individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

 

Lifetime Achievement Award winner - Jackie Cooper
As Chairperson of Burgess Hill Youth Club Jackie runs youth club sessions, looking after the building, the volunteer staff and the young people. She helps organise the Young Carer's Program in Mid Sussex and helps the preparation and delivery of food parcels each Christmas in the area, and more recently food parcels in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic. She is also a Trustee of the Harambee Boys Centre in Kenya which is a place for homeless boys aged 5 to 19 years.

In January 2020 she received the British Citizen Award for being an Independent Custody Visitor for over 25 years, she is Treasurer of the Dolphin Ladies swimming club and lastly, the Trustee in charge of Safeguarding for Sussex Clubs for Young People.

“Jackie has a whole town of kids that love and respect her and she’s a wonderful hard working, helpful and knowledgeable lady.”

Highly Commended – Peter Heasman
Commended – Tony Bristow, Jane Green, Carol Jefferies, Mike Livesey, Beverly Newman, Dave Parsons.

Stronger Together

An individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

 

Stronger Together Award winner - Sarah Collyer
Sarah was nominated for the “brilliant job as part of the East Grinstead Action Group team” in addition to the many other community groups she is involved in.

Highly Commended – Jane Cheshire (Sayers Common) and Anne Stone (East Grinstead).
Commended - Andi Frost, Jane Green, Kathryn Hibbert-Little, Vicky Jones, Barbara King, Graham Meeres and Jahan Tarana.

Good Sport Award

A club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

Good Sport Award winner - Tony Bristow
Tony Bristow was nominated in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Southdown Football Club where until his recent retirement was involved for over 25 years. “We are extremely grateful for the tireless time and effort he has put into making Southdown FC the inclusive, friendly local club it is today.”

Highly Commended – Robert Ruff (posthumous)
Robert (Bob) Ruff “helped many athletes, both juniors and seniors, to reach their full potential.” Sadly, he died in August 2020, but Haywards Heath Harriers wanted to recognise his 20+ year commitment with this nomination.

Commended – Sue Best, Mid Sussex Active.

Business in the Community Award

Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

 

Business in the Community Award winner - Tarana, Turners Hill
The Tarana Restaurant in Turners Hill owned by Jahan received lots of nominations for their amazing support during the Covid pandemic. “He has given hours on a voluntary basis cooking and delivering Indian meals during the Covid-19 pandemic. He doesn’t ask for anything in return and has been delivering to local hospitals, care home, doctors’ surgeries, schools and a whole lot more”.

Highly Commended - ABCOM (Yan Davies), Victory Inn Staplefield.

Commended - Anthony Hole + Sons Bicycle Shop, Ariel Company Theatre, Central Stores (Turners Hill), Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project, Mobile Commercials Ltd, Mug Tree Tea Room, Paul’s Greengrocer (Lindfield), Sayers Common Community Village Shop, Silvas Coffee Shop, Village Shop (Horsted Keynes).

Stronger Communities

A community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity​

 

Stronger Communities Joint winners – Haywards Heath Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, Horsted Helpers, Hurstpierpoint Covid-19 Neighbours Support Group.

Haywards Heath Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group (HHMA) was set up in early March 2020 prior to lock down.  At its peak it had more than 650 volunteers registered. Since the group started taking requests in March, they have helped over 1000 households, through a designated phone line, with shopping, click and collect pick-ups, picking up prescriptions and so many other small jobs that their vulnerable or self-isolating neighbours were unable to do themselves.

HHMA also supported the Town Mayor’s ‘Leave No One Behind’ campaign in Haywards Heath, to help the community in what were and still are unprecedented times.  Together with Haywards Heath Town Council and Age UK West Sussex Brighton and Hove, HHMA launched and helped administer the Haywards Heath Emergency Food Hub.  The HHMA collected food, organised storage, took referrals with the Town Council, made up food parcels and delivered them.  At all times the management team, all volunteers, of Jo Lee, Amie Cherverst and Redwan Chowdhury along with Jo Roberts who led on the Foodbank worked tirelessly to deliver this service to the needy and vulnerable of Haywards Heath.

Within a week of setting up the Horsted Helpers Facebook group in March over 90 villagers had signed up to help. Horsted Helpers formed 4 area delivery groups for food and supplies; an emotional support group; a key worker baking group; and a pharmacy group. During lockdown over 200 deliveries of shopping and medication were made in addition to the many existing support arrangements of villagers already supporting vulnerable neighbours. They also carried out phone, window and garden chats to help keep spirits up of those shielding; personal possessions taken to people in hospital; food bank collections set up; calls made to reassure relatives unable to visit elderly parishioners; snacks and supplies collected for staff at the Princess Royal Hospital; craft kits delivered to shielding families; weekly cakes whipped up for the crew at the local Residential Care Home and a virtual quiz set up to replace the fortnightly pub social event (over £1300 has been raised for charity through it!).

The Hurstpierpoint Covid-19 Neighbours support group was formed in March at the start of the pandemic. The local initiative was set up to bring together Hurst residents to help and support their neighbours who were vulnerable or self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Volunteers distributed fliers across the village with their contact details, and posters were displayed in all public areas in the village. They ensured that every street was being covered and looked after. Volunteers offered to collect shopping and prescriptions, walk dogs, post mail or be available for a friendly chat over the phone. In total there were 32 road group representatives involved in the day to day running supported by 100 wonderful volunteers.

Highly commended – Craig Davis

Commended - Befriended.org, Escape Youth Club, Mid Sussex Voluntary Action, Sayers Common Community Shop, Sussex EDS and Hypermobility, Together in Sussex, With you in Mind (Sussex Oakleaf, Clarion Futures and Avetrade).

Peer Nominated Award

In this category each nominee is given the chance to vote for their favourite in any of the categories.

 

 Winner to be announced.

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Past Winners

2019

Winners for 2019

Mid Sussex Applauds Awards highlight the fantastic work of individuals and organisations across the district, recognising our connections and celebrating our community.

Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Cllr Colin Trumble hosted the new community recognition awards on 13th October in East Grinstead’s Meridian Hall. Awards were presented by sponsors and by High Sherriff of West Sussex Mrs Davina Irwin-Clark.

You can read the full details of the winners and runners up in our Event Programme

Category Description Sponsor
Stronger Communities A community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity​ CAE sponsor logo

Joint winners - Sussex Oakleaf and Spire Cafe IT Support
‘Sussex Oakleaf’s The Big Mental Health Pop up’ project was incredibly inspiring. It created mental health awareness for the general public to help reduce stigma and create a discussion platform. It brought a sense of vitality for the community in an area undergoing redevelopment.

The Spire Café IT support group hold weekly sessions and are in their 5th year. The team of volunteers are extremely dedicated, unassuming and committed with a wealth of knowledge between them.

2nd place - Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Community Support Group (Jane Green)
3rd place – Jubilee Hub​

Young Achiever Award Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem  

Winner – Peter McCleery
Peter was instrumental in creating a petition to highlight the issues around the closure of Haywards Heath College. Despite many obstacles, Peter has gone out of his way to help other students to get to their college near to home.

2nd place – Oli Saunders

Take Pride in Mid Sussex This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle. IdVerde sponsor logo

Joint winners - Rob McIntyre and Colin McFarlin
Rob instigated the Balcombe Garden Guerrillas who care for the gardens at Balcombe Station. The gardens have won critical acclaim. He is now involved in renovating Balcombe phone boxes.
Colin volunteers as a Waste Prevention Advisor – he has delivered 28 talks to local groups and had notched up 220 hours of volunteering in 2019 alone!

2nd place Burgess Hill Recycling - Terracycle scheme,
3rd place - Richard Inman

Young Volunteer of the year Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Winner – Ayo Odeyinde
During the summer holidays, Ayo arranged summer sports clubs and did all the work related to it. He is a really valued role model for younger children.
Joint 2nd – Nathan White and Stephen Beckett
3rd - Rhea Burman
Lifetime Achievement Award An individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime  

Winner - Dorothy Lazenby
Dorothy has been running 4Sight lunch clubs for over 38 years! ‘Irreplaceable, inspiring, selfless, committed, thoughtful and kind’ are just a few words used to describe her!

2nd - Alan Kelly
3rd - Barbara Alderson

Stronger Together An individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity  
Winner – Karen Williams
Karen revived the Duck Fair in World’s End in Burgess Hill. Over 5,000 people attended. Karen ate, slept and breathed the Duck Fair!
2nd joint winners – Sarah Cheesmur and Jane Hill
3rd place - Gary Simons
Good Sport Award A club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex Places Leisure sponsor logo

Winner - Marion Hemsworth
Marion has worked tirelessly to get people running and making running an enjoyable activity available to all. She is a great ambassador for running and proof that your passion can inspire others.

2nd - Linda Tullett
3rd - Hurstpierpoint Football Club

Business in the Community Award Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life Caravan Club sponsor logo

Winner - Swoove Fitness - Esther Featherstone
Swoove stands for singing, whooping and moving. The classes are available for everyone, young and old, those with limited mobility and special needs. Swoove has raised over £64,000 for charities and Esther aims to raise £1milion in her lifetime.

2nd - Handcross Hardware and Craft Store
Joint 3rd – Mug Tree Tea Room and Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project

Peer Nominated Award In this category each nominee is given the chance to vote for their favourite in any of the categories.  

Winner – Dorothy Lazenby

 

Contact

Regina Choudhury
Email: regina.choudhury@midsussex.gov.uk 

Last updated: 01 December 2020