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


Media Sponsors

Sublime sponsor logoMid Sussex Times sponsor logo


Regina Choudhury
Tel: 01444-477495

Last updated: 14 October 2019