Community Awards 2013 – Outstanding Bravery

Making progress - Kerry and Bethany Chiddle with thier fundraiser Richard Sherwell. '''Picture by Louise Adams C130228-2 Chi Beth
Making progress - Kerry and Bethany Chiddle with thier fundraiser Richard Sherwell. '''Picture by Louise Adams C130228-2 Chi Beth

MOST of us are lucky enough to encounter someone who inspires us with their bravery.

It could be someone who has overcome illness, risked everything to help others or stood up for what they believe in.

For Rich Sherwell, the obvious nominee for our Outstanding Bravery Award was Bethany Chiddle.

Bethany has been featured in the Observer several times has her family tried to raise money for her to travel to America for an operation allowing her to walk unaided.

Thanks to the generosity of fundraisers, including Rich, Bethany and her mum, Kerry, travelled to America earlier this year for the operation.

“Beth at the age of four travelled to the USA with her mum to undergo an SDR operation to help her walk unaided,” said Rich.

“They were away from family for six weeks.

“Suffering from quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Beth has been truly inspirational in her bravery through both the operation and the ongoing intensive physiotherapy.”

Do you know someone whose bravery deserves recognition?

Don’t miss your chance to nominate them, all the details of how to get in touch are below.

Hero to Animals

This year, we are once again running our Hero to Animals category.

This can be an individual, charity or group working to protect the welfare of animals, offer them a safe home or conserve habitats.

There are so many great volunteers in our area working in this area which is why we are surprised to announce there is still plenty of space in our Hero to Animals category.

If you know someone that fits in this category don’t miss your chance to nominate – the deadline for nominations is now just weeks away.

“Our readers are known for being great animal lovers,” said group editor Colin Channon.

“Stories about the welfare of our four-legged, or winged, friends are often the most popular, both online and in the paper.

“So, we would love to recognise those who look out for them at our annual awards.”


There are just a few 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 or visiting our Commuinty Awards Facebook page:

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


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.