OUTSTANDING bravery continues to be a popular category in this year’s awards.
Alongside Bethany Chiddle, who was featured in the paper two weeks ago, nominees include Andrew Stemp, who saved a toddler from a dog attack, and Chloe Humphrey, who recently underwent surgery to help her walk.
Nominating Chloe, Priscilla Ayling, described her as ‘very brave’ and ‘always smiling’.
Andrew was praised for ignoring his own safety when acting to save a child in his nomination from Ronald Williamson.
Geoff Hand also nominated Andrew for acting bravely ‘regardless of the risk’.
There is no more in-paper coverage before our Community Awards supplement – but there is still time to nominate your local heroes, and the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ObserverCommunityAwards will run throughout the year.
Paper nominations should be received by July 18, but email nominations will continue to be accepted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In particular, we are still looking for nominations in Mini Hero, Hero to Animals, and Voice of the Community.
All nominees and nominators will be invited to the awards ceremony at Butlin’s.
Medhurst Chartered Surveyors is ‘delighted’ to sponsor Best Local Charity or Voluntary Group.
“Charities and voluntary groups are formed to provide a broad range of invaluable services that are not being provided by other public agencies,” said a spokeswoman.
“They are created because someone or some people have identified there is a need, and the people who volunteer their time and services do so because they feel strongly about their cause.
“These people often do not seek to be recognised for their selfless efforts.
“Nevertheless it is important to bring to other people’s attention what is being achieved and to make people aware of the good work of these organisations do, so that they may grow and flourish.
“The Community Awards are the perfect platform to achieve this recognition.
“Without wanting to embarrass individuals or groups we feel that a Community Award is a very suitable way of showing appreciation whilst highlighting the work of the particular organisation.”
South Coast Skips is this year’s sponsor of Best Coach.
The skip hire, commercial waste disposal and recycling based in West Sussex is once again backing our community awards.
South Coast Skips provides a comprehensive range of services for construction, commercial, industrial and domestic customers.
Through the use of an extensive fleet of skip trucks, dust carts and other vehicles the company prides itself on its ability to provide a tailor-made waste solution to meet the needs of each site.
It also offers an assurance that all waste is processed through its own state-of-the-art waste recycling/treatment facility.
The facility allows South Coast Skips to divert thousands of tonnes of material away from landfill every year, maximising carbon reduction.
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
Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips
Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers
Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group, Medhurst
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.