Winners Announced In This Year’s BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2016

Winners Announced In This Year’s BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2016

Unsung heroes from across the county were honoured on Monday 28th November at the annual BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards for 2016 at the Gatwick Crowne Plaza Hotel.

BBC Community Awards 2016The overall winner in the Animal Welfare category was Tim Bullen, owner of The Secret Campsite, near Lewes. Tim’s passionate about wildlife and making the campsite as sustainable as possible.

BBC Community Awards 2016Good Neighbour of the Year went to David Duke from Burgess Hill. David was enjoying a pleasure boat trip with his wife Sandra, which turned into a dramatic rescue operation, saving the life of a drowning man.

BBC Community Awards 2016A posthomous award went to Joyce Avard from Hastings in the Fundraiser category. Joyce spent 35 years of her working life as a superintendent in homes run by Dr Barnardo’s and the Child Care Service. After retiring, Joyce devoted her life to providing clean water in communities in Africa.

unnamed-1In the Music and Arts category, the winner was the New Note Orchestra, an innovative project based in Brighton, thought to be the first ‘recovery’ orchestra in the world, with a mission to help people stay sober from drink and drugs.

BBC Community Awards 2016The Young Achiever of the Year is Frances Deans from Brighton. Frances is 11 and works with the socially excluded and homeless. She spends her holidays working in the Portslade Foodbank and the weekly Street Kitchen at the clock tower.

BBC Community Awards 2016Finally, in the Sport category, Simon Munn from Peacehaven is a wheelchair basketball star and seven-time Paralympian, who has recently returned from competing at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Some specially invited guests were in attendance to hand over the awards. They included entertainers Lionel Blair, Colin Blunstone and David Hamilton, Brighton and Hove Albion footballer Glenn Murray and DCC Giles York, the Chief Constable of Sussex Police.

Commenting on the Awards, Mark Carter, BBC Sussex Acting Managing Editor said, ‘The Community Heroes Awards is always a fantastic celebration of unsung heroes from across the region and last night was no exception. This was our sixth year of these awards and the stories we heard were incredible. We also received more nominations than ever before so all finalists should feel extremely proud of their achievements’.

The ceremony will be aired on BBC Sussex FM/Online/DAB on Sunday 4th December 4pm and Tuesday 27 December 6pm. For the first time, it will also be shown on Latest TV (Brighton) on Tuesday 6th December at 4pm – Freeview 7, Virgin 159, or online at