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Argus Achievement Awards 2012
This live event has finished
- More than 100 people are nominated in 20 different award categories.
- The majority of the 65 finalists are here at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.
- Argus editor Michael Beard introduces the awards before handing over to event host Nick Owen, renowned newscaster and patron of The Argus Appeal
All the winners on stage. #emotional #argusachievers http://t.co/96kseFDr— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
We have come to the end of the awards evening.
A picture gallery will be online later this evening.
See the two page picture special in tomorrow's Argus.
The entire audience at the Theatre Royal are on their feet applauding our six winning courageous children.
Abi Marshall is two and suffers from a Rae condition called Reflec Anoxic Seizures.
Her mum Cherish Ayres makes sure her day avoids situations that trigger her illness.
Rhys Watkins has twice battled back to health after cancer and cant't be with us tonight because he has fallen I'll again.
The Seaford youngster has a rare condition that causes benign tumors in the body.
Alex Rookley did not have second thoughts when he rescued his friend from drowning in the sea.
His mum said:"he didn't seem to realise how brave he had been."
All the children are worthy winners, so they all take home an award. Each child receives £100.
Hayley Okines is 14 and suffers from the Rae condition Progeria. she is a student at Bexhill High School. She is doing well thanks to a drugs child. She is growing and putting on weight.
Benedict McAlister is five. He has a rare muscle wasting disease. He is a happy boy who can't always join in running and jumping with other children.
Ryan Mander has brittle bone disease. The 13-year-old from Lancing walked from Lancing to Worthign Pier and back to raise money to support Great Ormond Street.
Our final award of the night is The Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year, sponsored by The Argus Appeal:
Downs View School received an outstanding rating from Ofsted this year.
It provides a first class education, support and extra curricular activities to children with learning difficulties.
Nminator Sandy Austin described the staff at the school as operating as "one big family".
School of the Year nominees, sponsored by City College Brighton and Hove:
Downs View School
Hove Park School
Hertford Infant and Nursey School
The Deans Festival wins the award as it is a community event inclusive for everyone.
It is organised by volunteers and everyone who works at the event is unpaid.
Alix Macfarlane said:" The Deans Festival is not just for any one section of the community and has developed into a great day out."
Community Event of the Year nominees, sponsored by EDF Energy:
Takepart Festival of Sport
Winner Tina Cook claimed silver at London 2012 in the equestrian eventing team.
It was always the Findon mum's dream to win a medal. The pressure was on for her final jumping rou but she kept her nerve for silver.
Achiever of the Year nominees, sponsored by Mears:
Winner Drusilla's Duffill founded Her eponymous theatre school in 1957.
Her school is renowned locally and nationally for the training of young dancers for classical ballet and theatre careers.
Many former pupils have careers in the theatre and on television.
Contribution to Arts and Culture award nominees, sponsored by th Theatre Royal Brighton:
City College Brighton and Hove
Dewi Vaughan wins teacher of the year to huge cheers from friends and family in theatre royal #argusachievers— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Kathryn, dewi's daughter: "Very proud. He was really disappointed he could not make it. Good to end to a great career. Great inspiration."— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Winner Emma Wildman's son Haydn died suddenly aged nine.
Along with her partner Martin she set up Haydn's Wish to educate parents and teachers on the dangers of anaphylactic attacks and the link with asthma.
She is described as "an inspiration".
Carousel wins public service of the year award.— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Carousel service users: "Amazing. Makes ppl see who we are. We're not invisible. Without it we would be at home. Feel mainstream."— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Ann Boughton-leigh, widow of charles, said: "Very proud of him all the things he achieved. Just a shame he is not here with us."— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Charles was posthumously given beyond the call of duty for his tireless community work.— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Mum of the Year nominees, sponsored by Hilton Brighton Metropole:
Winner Nicola Cunningham was accommodation manager at Jury's Inn, Brighton and has done so much work for sustainability this was incorporated into her job title.
Projects she is working on include the living roof and working towards One Planet accreditation.
She has reduced water and energy use.
Green Project or Person:
Winner Dewi Vaughan has been at Longhill since 1973. Students set up a Facebook group calling for a new wing of the school to be named in his honour.
Pupils and parent past and present got behind it. Headteacher Haydn Stride said he was "humbled by the impact one person can have on the lives of so many."
Mr Vaughan retired at the end of last term but his name lives on at the school.
Teacher of the Year nominees, sponsored by Argus Youth in Action:
Rasouol Saadatzadeh, Hove Park School
Dewi Vaughan, Longhill School
Derek Trimmer, Hove Park School
Winner Carousel is an award-winning disability arts organisation founded in 1982.
It works to promote the active involvement of people with learning disability in the arts, teaching new artistic skills and developing talent.
They come onto the stage to a roar of approval.
Public Services Award nominees, sponsored by Brighton and Hove City Council:
Winner Charles Boughton-Leigh co-founded the Ferring Country Centre near Worthing, providing horse riding and a working environment for adults with learning disabilities.
He also worked with Age Concern, Worthing Mencap and Co-founded Don't Cut Us Out.
His wife Anne collects the award as Charles died just after collecting his MBE.
Nominees for the Beyond the Call of Duty award sponsored by Mears:
The raffle raised £395 for The Argus Appeal supporting charities across the county.
Back for part two.
First of all the raffle in aid of The Argus Appeal.
Prizes from the Theatre Royal, Brighton and Hove Albion, Donetello, Drusilla's, the Brighton Thistle, Hilton Brighton Metropole and Sussex County Cricket Club.
We take a break for half an hour now.
Still to come:
Beyond the Call of Duty
Public Service Award
Teacher of the Year
Green Project or Person
Mum of the Year
Contribution to Arts and Culture
Achiever of the Year
Community Event of the Year
School of the Year
The Carole Barnes Courageous Child of the Year.
Martin Perry thanks Brighton and Hove Albion fans for their support.
Martin Perry won the public vote for this award. He is Brighton and Hove Albion's Club Director.
He was instrumental in the club's move to the Amex Stadium.
The stadium has won a string of industry awards and held its first gig this year.
He is now working hard to make sure the club's new training facilities match the same exceptional standard as the Amex Stadium.
Outstanding contribution to Sussex sponsored by American Express:
Dame Vera Lynn
Local hero winner David hills is typically modest and says the emergency services deserve the credit. Theatre full of ppl disagree!— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Winner Marilyn Nolan volunteers at Denton and South Heighton Junior Football Club for eight years.
She also volunteers for the Seaford Musical Theatre, Peacehaven Seniors Forum, RNIB and the Mayor of Seaford Charity Fund.
One person who nominated her said:"Marilyn is a serial volunteer for a wide range of organisations and charities. I don't know how she finds the time to do so much."
Volunteer of the year sponsored by UK Power Networks:
Pupil of year Veronica freeborn says award is "icing on cake" after looking after sick mum during studies. #argusachievers— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Cybersmile say they are delighted to win charity of the year. "it's fantastic" Thank the argus for its help and say big plans 4 new year.— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Mark bundock wins contribution to Sussex sports and hopes the award will help motivate his team falmer falcons. #argusachievers— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Antoine coevoet was delighted and shocked by his young employee award. Now looking to set up own business. #argusachievers— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Huge roar for the plough inn as they win business in community. Declan and co speechless at first. Thank all the community in rottingdean.— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
Winner Monica Hanna cares for her mother who has Marfans Syndrome, which damages the body's connective tissue.
Her two sisters also have degenerative condition, but are not affected by it yet.
In addition to caring for her family, particularly after her mother's recent heart surgery, Monica is studying at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and has just started her second year of her five-year degree.
Career of the year sponsored by The Pembroke Care Group:
Winner David Hills helped save a stranger's life after a man collapsed with a heart attack while playing tennis.
He performed chest compressions for more than 20 minutes to keep the 56-year-old man alive.
Son Stephen said:"He didn't want anyone to know about it, he's like that. He's a real hero and I'm proud of him."
The Adam Faith Local Hero Award:
Winners The Plough Inn in Rottingdean received numerous nominations and huge roar of approval from the audience.
Managers Declan and Karl support a wide range of charities at events in the pubs.
Fiona Rowling said:"Local charities I have never been aware of are promoted and supported by their efforts."
Business in the Community sponsored by AVT Connect:
Wellesley Wealth Advisory
The Plough Inn
Donatello Restaurant Group
Winner Antoine Coevoet is and 18-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Newhaven.
He studies at the Eastbourne campus of Sussex Downs College.
This year he win a bronze medal at the Guild of Bricklayers national competition.
His employers Owens Brickwork Contractors say he is a valued part of the team.
Young Employee of the Year, sponsored by Argus Business:
Winner Brian Foxwell is 83, and has had a tough year, his daughter Julia told The Argus on her nomination form.
He had a stroke 25 years ago but has never let his disabilities effect him.
Julia said:"He is the strongest and most optimistic person I know."
Dad of the year nominees are:
Winner Mark Bundock coaches the Falmer Falcons.
He is enthusiastic and dedicated to the team he has coached for the last five years.
The Falcons were set up for boys who couldn't get a game anywhere else.
He does this at his own expense in his spare time, between being a single parent and his full time job.
Contribution to Sussex Sport:
The Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports Society
Veronica Freeborn wins Outstanding Pupil of the Year.
Veronica achieved seven A* and eight As while caring for her sick mother.
Outstanding pupil of the year, sponsored by Pontins:
Veronica Freeborn, Dorothy Stringer;
Mollie Jameson, Peter Gladwin Primary School;
Morgan Taylor, Roedean School.
The Cybersmile Foundation brings a solution to the new problem of cyber bullying.
There were 20 nominations for this charity.
Scott Freeman and Dan Raisbeck set up the charity to educate people to use social media safely.
It receives no grants.
Finalists for charity of the year sponsored by Legal and General:
Young Carers Project
The Cybersmile Foundation
Event host Nicholas Owen takes to the stage describing the awards as "so worthwhile" as every nominee deserves the recognition their get for their unrecognised work.
Argus editor Michael Beard Welcomes the audience.
The Argus Achievement Awards are now in their 11th year.
He said: "We are here to honour the individual and collective achievements of many people here today for their acts of courage and bravery, determination and selflessness."
The show begins with a performance from the cast of The Rocky Horror Show from the Brighton Academy.
Theatre royal really filling up now. #argusachievers http://t.co/pcPHqs2M— @bypeterbrighton 28 October 2012
The Argus Achievement Awards ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, starts at 4pm.
Nominees and their guests are filling the seats.
Argus reporter Peter Truman is Tweeting from behind the scenes.
Follow #argusachievers or @bypeterbrighton.