Nominate a one in a million parent

Steve and Kirsty

Steve and Kirsty

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IS your mum or dad simply the best? Or maybe you know someone else’s parent who is one in a million?

This November at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, we want to crown a Parent of the Year at the Community Stars Awards.

The awards return for the 13th year, having previously been running under the guise of The Argus Achievement Awards.

There’s a host of awards up for grabs across 20 different categories including Young Sports Star of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Green Project or Person of the Year.

But today we’re on the lookout for the best parents in Sussex.

Perhaps he or she has raised a family single-handed or battled back from a debilitating illness?

Or maybe they have cared for their sick child or perhaps simply been there a time of need?

Whatever their accolade, this is your chance to say a public thank you.

To give you an idea for nominations, the story of a father who delivered his baby on the bathroom floor – despite missing the birth of his previous child because of his phobia of blood.

Steve Denyer, 37, of Hove, received a shock in February when his wife Kirsty, 35, went into labour at their Lancing home.

He had to deliver their third son, Ollie Junior, on the bathroom tiles.

Steve said: “I was fast asleep when Kirsty got up to go to the bathroom and then her waters broke.

“She called out and I was still half asleep. When I got in there to help her I saw a little head was poking out.

“I called the ambulance and the woman on the phone asked me ‘have you delivered a baby before?’”

Steve spent the next half an hour on the phone with a dispatcher as they talked him through what to do.

Ollie Junior is Steve and Kirsty’s third son. Mason, now 5, was born 11 weeks early and Steve missed the birth as he was confined to a hospital bed with appendicitis in the very same hospital.

Frazer, now three, was born five weeks early and during the birth Steve, who cannot stand the sight of blood, fainted.

He said: “Blood makes me go all funny, but I was entirely focused for Ollie’s birth and all that was going through my mind was making sure nothing would go wrong.”

There will be countless parents suitable for a Parent of the Year nomination – but we need you to tell us about them.

Follow the instructions below to make your nomination.

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