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Last chance to nominate for Argus Achievement Awards
Time is running out to nominate for this year’s Argus Achievement Awards.
Voting closes on September 7 – leaving you just 17 days to get your entries in.
Three nominees from each of the 19 categories will then be chosen to attend the lavish awards ceremony on October 6.
We have been inundated with entries for awards such as Charity of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Teacher of the Year.
However, we still need your nominations for others. In particular we need more entries for traditionally one of the more popular categories, the Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year.
Eight-year-old Hope Jeffcoat is one of those already nominated. In 2009, the Hove girl was given just three months to live. She was diagnosed with a rare condition called polyarteritis nodosa which saw her major organs under constant attack. She underwent numerous blood tests, chemotherapy sessions and strong medication over a four year period before being told she was in remission earlier this year. Her dad, Jeff, 38, said: “She is our little miracle. “We think it is a combination of the medication, our faith and her own strength that has helped her.”
Another category in need of more nominees is that of Carer of the Year. One worthy entry who has already been shortlisted is foster carer Allison Fackrell. Mrs Fackrell, from Portslade, has taken numerous children under her wing over the years – despite suffering from ill health. Friend Lisa Mighall, who nominated her for the award, described her as “remarkable”. She said: “Every child placed in her care is not only there as a placement, but is treated as a member of her family the minute they enter her house.
“They are taken on family holidays, forever being taken to every attraction going, just so they get to live a normal life.” Despite Brighton and Hove’s vibrant arts scene, we also need nominees for the Contribution to Arts and Culture award.
Someone who has done more than most for arts in the city is Mark Brailsford.
As the founder and director of the long-serving satirical sketch performance The Treason Show, he has given countless young actors the leg-up needed in the industry.
His wife, Carol, who nominated him for the award, said: “Mark has worked tirelessly for 13 years in the arts in Brighton and I think is truly deserving of this Argus award.”
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