Launch of BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2018

BBC Sussex is proud to announce the return of the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards for 2018.

This is the eighth year of these awards, recognising unsung heroes from across Sussex, with entries being sought in a variety of categories. They are designed to reflect everything from volunteers to young achievers.

The launch ties in with the arrival of the BBC for our “Big Bus Tour” this week, in Hastings (13th), Eastbourne (14th) and Worthing (15th). We will be broadcasting live from these towns every day from 0900-1600.

This year’s categories are as follows:
Young Achiever – Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated maturity beyond their years
999 – Presented to a member of the emergency services or the armed forces for commitment to their profession
Sport – Awarded to an individual or group who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or encouraging others to do, such as through acting as a referee, official or coach
Carer – Someone who cares for an individual or group of people on a regular basis
Good Neighbour – Awarded to an individual or organisation that helps make the neighbourhood a better place to live or work, either on a regular basis or through a single act of kindness or courage
Fundraiser – An individual or group who has gone the extra mile to raise funds for a charity or good cause
Volunteer – Awarded to a person or group who gives up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause
Animal Welfare – An individual or group who goes out of their way to care for animals
Music and Arts – Awarded to an individual or group showcasing local creative talent – Everything from community choirs to talented actors

Mark Carter is the Assistant Managing Editor and a presenter at BBC Sussex, who has overseen the awards since their launch in 2011. Mark said: “I’m thrilled to see the return of our Community Heroes Awards. The popularity of these awards grows every year and I’m always amazed at the incredible number of people from all walks of life who go the extra mile to help others. I’d encourage everyone to get nominating now!”

Anyone interesting in making a nomination(s), should tell us who they would like to suggest and why (in no more than 250 words) remembering to include their name, address and contact number. Entries should then be emailed to: heroes@bbc.co.uk. Alternatively, they can be posted to: BBC Sussex, Broadcasting Centre, 40-42 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XB. Nominations can be made from Monday 11 June 2018, with the closing date of midnight on Sunday 7 October 2018 and you can find all the terms and conditions at www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsussex

All those who make the shortlist will be invited to a special evening of celebration at the Gatwick Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday 26 November. The overall winners in each category will receive a specially engraved trophy. The event will then be broadcast on the radio.

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