Mid Sussex ‘champions’ honoured at chairman’s party

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Mid Sussex District Council celebrated the outstanding work of community leaders throughout the district with a garden party.

Fifty four award winners and their friends and family were invited to the party, at The Ravenswood Hotel, in Sharpthorne, on September 13.

Every year the district council invites its members, and town and parish councils, to nominate residents who dedicate their time, skills and energy to enhancing the quality of community life.

The 2015 awards were presented by councillor Peter Reed, chairman of the council.

Mr Reed personally nominated Jamie Lambert, a 14-year-old athlete and rugby player who raised £3,500 for the Parallel Youth Games.

Jamie sustained an injury that prevented him from taking part in sport and chose to use his spare time to raise money that would help disabled children take part in sport.

Jamie realised that he would recover from his injury but the children that enjoy competing in the Parallel Youth Games would not.

Jane Aston was nominated by Burgess Hill Town Council for the voluntary work she has done to support 4Sight, a charity for blind and partially sighted people in Mid Sussex.

The charity provides services to people with sight loss to improve health and wellbeing, prevent social isolation and promote independence.

Jane has been called upon on many occasions to provide support for people and her knowledge has proved to be invaluable.

Barney Morris received his Community Service Award after being nominated by Haywards Heath Town Council for his work with Haywards Heath Cricket Club.

Barney volunteers at the club and has been particularly involved with developing opportunities for young people to take part in sport.

Katarina Wilmore was also nominated by Haywards Heath Town Council for all the work she has done to help children with autism.

Katarina is the chairman and founder of Sussex Autism Support, a group that supports around 80 local families who have autistic children. The group helps autistic children to develop skills and confidence in all aspects of life.

Mr Reed said: “As I travel around the district in my role as chairman, I never cease to be amazed by how much we benefit from the work of volunteers and the marvellous things that they achieve.

“We are lucky to have so many local people who are willing to give up their time to enrich the lives of others, raise money for worthy causes and support their local community.

“Mid Sussex District Council is a strong supporter of local charities and voluntary groups, allocating thousands of pounds in grant funding each year to support their valuable work.

“These awards represent our way of recognising the outstanding personal contributions made by individual members of our community and show our deep appreciation for everything they’ve done for the people of Mid Sussex.”