Community Awards 2013 – Mini Hero

Finnan Campbell, five, nominated for the Community Awards Mini Hero. Picture by Kate Shemilt C130884-1

Finnan Campbell, five, nominated for the Community Awards Mini Hero. Picture by Kate Shemilt C130884-1

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A ‘VERY proud mummy’ has nominated her son for our Mini Hero award.

Rachel Campbell nominated her five-year-old son, Finnan, for his fundraising efforts.

Finnan regularly bakes cakes to raise money for Macmillan Nurses.

After his mum read him an article about terminally-ill Danny Herbert in the Observer, Finnan decided he also wanted to raise money for the three-year-old’s trip to Disneyland Paris.

Danny has pulmonary atresia with ventricular septial defect – a heart and lung condition which seriously limits his lifespan.

His family has been fundraising to pay for a trip to Disneyland so he can meet his favourite characters.

“I was reading the article and I must have looked sad because he asked me what it was about,” said Rachel.

“He already makes cakes for Macmillan nurses and just said ‘Could we make cakes for him’.”

Finnan made £27 at his cake sale for Danny and received a thank-you note and bag of sweets which ‘made his year’ in return.

“He is adorable, I am so proud of him when he does stuff like that, it is selfless,” said Rachel.

His latest cake sale for the Macmillan Nurses was held on Friday.

Sponsor

Chichester in Partnership consists of public, private, voluntary and community organisations which all want to work together for the benefit of the district.

This year it is sponsoring our best volunteer award.

“The partnership offers a lot of support to the voluntary and charitable sector as we believe voluntary and community groups are often well placed to work with our local communities.

“We are committed to creating a thriving environment for the voluntary and community sector. Volunteers are at the heart of their communities and have a really positive impact on them. This is very important in a rural area such as ours where we have close-knit communities.

“We’re really lucky to have so many volunteers helping local organisations and communities. It is great we can celebrate with this award, raise their profiles and encourage people to volunteer.”

To find out more, visit www.chichesterinpartnership.org.uk or call 01243 534726.

Nominations

There are just two weeks left to nominate someone you know for our Community Awards.

If you know someone who deserves recognition, don’t miss your chance to nominate.

You can nominate by sending in the form on this page, emailing awards@chiobserver.co.uk or visiting our Commuinty Awards Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ObserverCommunityAwards.

All nominations should include contact details for both the nominee and nominator, which category they are being nominated in, around 50 words on why, and be received by July 18.

There is also still time to sponsor one of our categories and support our brilliant nominees.

For more information, get in touch with Claire Carter by calling 01243 534147 or emailing claire.carter@chiobserver.co.uk.

Categories

A full list of categories and sponsors is below.

The full list of categories in year’s awards is:

Best Volunteer, Chichester in Partnership

Best Community Person

Mini Hero, sponsored by Families for Children

Hero to Animals

Best School, sponsored by Natures Way Foods

School Star, sponsored by South Downs National Park

Super Senior

Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips

Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers

Best Sportsperson

Special Recognition

Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group, Medhurst

Outstanding Bravery

Voice of the People

Best Community Event, Southern Water

Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community

Observer Award for Special Achievement, sponsored by Rolls Royce

More information on each category is in the paper, along with sponsor logos.