Community Awards 2013 – Special Recognition

Last year's winners were Steve Dean, Oliver Wheeler and Jeremy Garnett
Last year's winners were Steve Dean, Oliver Wheeler and Jeremy Garnett

OUR Special Recognition award is always popular and this year is proving no different with some amazing nominations.

Tony Reed, from Bluebird Care, was nominated by Elaine Thomas for his care of her father.

“Tony exceeded his duties as a carer to make my dad’s end-of-life experience as happy and positive as possible,” she said.

“His smiling face and jokey attitude helped my dad to feel he wasn’t a burden.

“He gave him dignity in a situation that was anything but dignified.”

Martin Cooke was nominated by Kathryn Manouch for his work collecting plastic milk bottle tops.

“To date this has raised over £1,000 for Chestnut Tree House and prevented more than 20 tonnes of tops from going to landfill,” she said.

John White was nominated by Dave Tilley for his 25 years of service as secretary to the Chichester branch of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association.

Debbie Marsh was nominated by Nikki Rowling for giving her all to managing the Wonder Girls and Boys for 21 years.

“Debbie has been ill herself and no matter how poorly she has been she has always put the troupe before herself,” Nikki said.

“She has never let the girls and boys down.”

Nominations appeal

We have already had some great nominations for this year’s Observer Community Awards.

However, some categories are still light on entries.

Mini Hero aims to recognise a young person who is an inspiration, either for overcoming a personal hurdle, fundraising for charity or caring for those around them.

We are also looking for nominations in our Hero to Animals category. This can be an individual or group who take care of our feathered, furry or scaly friends.

Our new category, Voice of the People, is about recognising those who go out of their way to ensure the voices in their community are heard. Now it is their time to be recognised.

If you know someone who would fit any of our categories, get in touch.

You can email or visit our Facebook page to nominate. Alternatively, fill out the form in the paper.

All nominations should include the full name and contact details of both the nominee and nominator, which category they are being nominated in and up to 50 words on why.


This year’s Best Community Event sponsor is Southern Water.

“Southern Water believe in supporting the communities it serves and is delighted to sponsor the community event award,” said a spokeswoman.

“It is responsible for cleaning wastewater in Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight at our 370 wastewater treatment works. Each day, around 1,400m litres of wastewater is treated and recycled from 1.8m properties.

“Every day our beaches, rivers and homes come under threat from our own bad habits.

“This is because each year we flush two billion items down the toilet which could pollute our waterways.

“Southern Water’s sewers and treatment works are built to deal with human waste and water.

“However, if non-biodegradable items such as nappies and wipes are flushed down the toilet, they can cause blockages. This can lead to flooding and pollution. Please remember to bag it and bin it.”

For more information go to

Anyone interested in sponsoring an award can get in touch with Claire Carter by emailing

Alternatively, call Claire on 01243 534147 or 07912671045.


A full list of categories and sponsors is below.

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

Best Volunteer

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

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.