Youth achievements ‘Celebrated’ in Uckfield

An award ceremony, organised by the Uckfield Volunteer Centre, recognised amazing children and young people that make a difference to our local communities.

The High Sheriff of East Sussex, Community leaders, supporters, family members and friends were invited to Uckfield College by the Uckfield Volunteer Centre on Thursday, 11th July to be recognised for their contribution and to say, “Thank You”. The 29 nominees, aged between 5 and 25, help a wide range of different charities, organisations and community groups in the North Wealden area.

The culmination of the Celebrate! Youth event was the “Outstanding Commitment” award, which was presented by the High Sheriff of East Sussex, to a group inspiring young people that regularly volunteer at Rotherfield St Martin. The charity helps prevent isolation and loneliness among older people. The seven young people, aged between 12 and 21, help at social clubs and dementia groups, run errands, provide companionship, fundraise for the charity, delivering hot food in the winter, and help take the older people on trips out in the summer months.

During the evening, four more awards were presented for fundraising, caring, work to improve the environment and for showing commitment to a cause.

The audience was also entertained by talented ỳoung musicians from Red Butler Music School and dancers from Universal Dance

Mayor Spike Mayhew said, “After attending many recent meetings about negative behaviour in the town, it is fantastic to see the amount of good work our Young People are constantly putting into the community.”

Also presenting awards were the Chairman of Wealden District Council, Cllr Pam Doodes; the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Spike Mayhew; The Rector of Holy Cross Church John Wall, and the Patron of Uckfield Volunteer Centre Lembit Öpik.

The winners in full:

Environment Award Lacey Varley, age 10 and Isabella Varley age 9
For their volunteer work with Brighter Crowborough litter picking every Sunday
Fundraiser Award Kristy Scholler, age 17
For her determination to raise money for various charities, Kristy is a dedicated fundraiser having raised over £700 through “Everyday Heroes” and over £800 for Kangaroos charity for disabled children
Commitment Award Callum Daly age 17
For his committed support and volunteering helping run the weekly kit car club for years 5 & 6 at Manor Primary.  He is also in the process of setting a robotics club at the primary school.  As a diligent student, he also offers support to peers in his year group
Caring Award Tess Kedwards, age 7
To support her little friend who has undergone treatment and surgery for cancer, Tess decided to have her very long hair cut off and donated to The Little Princess Trust
Outstanding Contribution Award Alex Cheeseman, age 21
Archie Wilson, age 18
Benj Cheeseman, age 18
Fergus Wilson, age 22
Lizzie Wilkinson, age 12
Maddie Jones 17
Sophie Baldwin 17

This was a group win for all the nominated candidates from Rotherfield St Martin – a charity based in Rotherfield set up to combat isolation and loneliness in older people.  They constantly demonstrate going above and beyond for the community that uses this charity.

Some of the memorable images from the evening.

Images Uckfield FM Mike Skinner