Tonight (Saturday 11th November) – Uckfield FM hosted the first ever Uckfield FM Community Awards at the East Sussex National. Around 180 people were present in the hotel’s National Suite for the station’s glitzy event, which was attended by Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden and the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Louise Eastwood.
The evening was hosted and organised by Uckfield FM’s Fundraising Manager, Nicola Bennett and Breakfast Show presenter, Gary King.
Details of all the finalists, and more importantly the WINNERS (in red) are listed below. We also presented a couple of awards where there were no other finalists including The Paddy Rea Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.
A big thank you to everyone who came to the awards and congratulations to all the winners.
The award categories
Volunteer of the Year Award
Nominations for the person who has made a significant impact through voluntarily giving their time freely and selflessly to others in the community.
Brighter Uckfield: For their relentless work through all weathers to voluntarily keep Uckfield clean and safe from litter. Clearing along busy roads and verges – and planting up disused spaces. A team of dedicated individuals
Kathy Martyn: For her dedication to wildlife especially hedgehogs and baby birds and some amazing rescues – Volunteering with WRAS for ten years
Rebecca Anderson: For her dedication to keeping Fletching beautiful – she can been seen daily out picking litter through the village – a role she took upon herself after the Jubilee “Clean for the Queen” scheme
Charity Fundraiser of the Year Award
The person who has been the most innovative and enthusiastic whilst working to raise awareness and funds for their charity – this will not necessarily be the most money raised.
Sarah Hill: For her bravery in leaping out of an aeroplane at the age of 75 – skydiving – to raise an amazing £2,080.00 for home start CHAMS
Margaret Dode-Angel: Being the person behind the formation of One Trek Minds who as a team walked 100KM raising over £8000 for Alzheimers.
Holly Richardson: At the age of 13 Holly is totally dedicated to raising money for the Evelina Childrens Hospital and children with heart disease – since the age of 7 she has been raising money with sponsored swims, a squashathon and cake sales so far over £4500!
Sports Person of the Year Award
This award is for an individual from the local sporting scene who has achieved or made an impact in their sport.
Chris Baily: Living in Uckfield with his young family and working full time, Chris is an 11 year member of Maresfield Tennis Club and trains tirelessly with Sound Tennis Sussex. In April he won the first ever international title for the visually impaired B3 category and has recently successfully defended his UK national singles and doubles titles.
Paul Shepherd: Paul is a team manage of 100+ boys and girls aged 5-15yrs devoting much of his free time to the Buxted Park Cricket Club – organising fixtures and selecting teams throughout the season. Setting up the ground games then umpires and scores them too.
Nick Bignall: Nick is a member of the successful mentoring and development team at Uckfield Grasshoppers. He has worked tirelessly on and off season to help develop a football pathway and introduce new session so all members of the community can be involved.
Young Person of the Year Award
For the young person (Under 18) who has shown bravery in overcoming adversity or who has excelled and demonstrates a huge personal achievement.
Scott has shown much resilience. He is passionate about his local community and has a passion about stage lighting and sound – covering local events.
Jack Ward:Jack continues to raise funds locally in 2016 he decided to make stars for the local church and raised a grand total of £80
Team Alpha: As part of the National Citizenship Service Programme, Team Alpha based in Uckfield made up of 13 passionate and creative young people raising money for the mental health charity YoungMinds.
Teacher of the Year Award
Nominations for a Teacher who inspires pupils through their enthusiasm and commitment and is always willing to go the extra mile.
Charlotte Vickery:Bonners CofE School Making the transition into primary a caring and loving fun introduction to school life
Rhiann Cottrell:Little Horsted School For her support and dedication to her students
Melissa Ash:Holy Cross Primary For being an inspiring teacher and assistant head
Carer of the Year
Person who has given up their time to look after someone else and in doing so has made sacrifices to care for and improve someone’s life.
Margaret Dode Angel: For her constant care and dedication to the Sussex Support Services
Sophie Lea Eastwood: For going above and beyond her call of duty. Giving up personal time for caring work. An amazing young woman with an amazing personality.
Carol King: Carol is the lead support worker at Sussex Support Service and cares for 37 service users every week with the team. Supporting each person with total individual care.
Community Green Award
Open to any local group, school or individual that has made a significant impact on the improvement of the local environment and raised the profile of green issues / projects.
Kindly sponsored by
Philip and Sue Garland
Give Back to the Community Award
Open to all business within the area who make a difference by working with and giving back to the local community / local charities.
Dawson Hart: For their active local community involvement through sponsorship and fundraising.
James Anderson: For his commitment to going above and beyond helping people in the local community.
Universal Dance: For providing complimentary performances and taster sessions at local community events and charities. For their close relationship with the local schools in providing them, again, with complimentary educational workshops in line with the government curriculum to ensure that Performing Arts is key in all students learning.
Parent/Guardian of the Year
Parent or guardian who has made huge sacrifices for their child / children, overcoming adversity. This is open to nominations for Grandparents too.
Charity of the Year
The Charity which has made significant differences to the community with its drive and determination and commitment to its cause.
Holy Cross Church: For their dedication to Community Outreach within the town of Uckfield.
Uckfield Food Bank: For its continued dedication to helping those in need with food and time to listen
Uckfield Volunteer Centre:For its tireless work co-ordinating all aspects of the volunteers and organisations locally
Emergency Services Person of the Year
The person who has selflessly gone beyond the call of duty through their work. This award is open to any person in the Emergency Services, First Response Units, Paramedics or other organisations which respond to incidents.
Bruce Davy: For over 40 years of dedicated service working as a paramedic and as a part time fire fighter.
Scott Ratcliff: For his personal sacrifice and dedication whilst serving as a paratrooper.
Trevor Weeks MBE & Team:Trevor and his team of wonderful staff who are always on call to help animals in distress.