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Sussex is home to some outstanding individuals and organisations whose work goes unnoticed.
The Argus Achievement Awards, proudly in its 11th year, aims to right this wrong and highlight and honour the work of the county’s unsung heroes.
It is an opportunity to say thanks to the selfless, brave, generous, innovative, hard working or ethical deeds done over the last 12 months.
Families, friends, colleagues or someone whose life has been touched in some way can nominate those who have achieved amazing things often without thought of personal reward or public recognition.
To reflect the breadth of amazing achievers in the county we have introduced another new category this year: Young Employee of the Year.
This adds to our line up of awards, which includes schools, charities, businesses and carers - making 20 categories in total.
As ever, the awards could not go ahead without the vital contribution from you, our readers.
We want to hear from anyone who thinks they know a dedicated parent, a courageous child, a selfless carer, an outstanding pupil, an inspirational teacher or a brave emergency services worker. We want to know about businesses doing great community work, incredible charities, amazing schools and great events which brought the community together.
The awards are backed by some of the biggest names in Sussex including American Express, City College Brighton and Hove, EDF and Legal & General who have all agreed to sponsor awards.
Brighton and Hove Studio, UK Power Networks, the Pembroke Care Group, Brighton Hilton Metropole and AVT Connect have also been confirmed as award sponsors with Theatre Royal Brighton being our generous venue partner.
A panel of judges including The Argus’ editor Michael Beard are tasked with selecting the final top three in each category in September so there is plenty of time to submit your nominations.
All the final nominees get to attend a fabulous awards night at the Theatre Royal in Brighton hosted by newsreader Nicholas Owen in October, where the winners will be announced.
You can nominate as many people as you like for as many different awards as you like by using the online form below each category description.
Categories in The Argus Achievement Awards 2012
School of the Year - sponsored by City College Brighton and Hove
Mum of the Year - sponsored by the Brighton Hilton Metropole
Dad of the Year - sponsored by Brighton & Hove Studio
The Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year - sponsored by The Argus Appeal
Carer of the Year- sponsored by the Pembroke Care Group
Business in the Community Award - sponsored by AVT Connect
Charity of the Year - sponsored by Legal & General
Community Event of the Year – sponsored by EDF Energy
Outstanding Pupil of the Year – sponsored by Pontins
Contribution to Arts and Culture Award - sponsored by Theatre Royal
Achiever of the Year - sponsored by Mears
Public Services Award - sponsored by Brighton and Hove City Council
Beyond the Call of Duty - Sponsored by Mears
Volunteer of the Year- sponsored by UK Power Networks
The Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Award - sponsored by American Express
The winners of last year's awards were:
- Teacher of the Year - Mark Brady, Varndean School
- Outstanding Pupil of the Year - Zach Narvaez, Dorothy Stringer
- Achiever of the Year - Archie Hutchins, City College Brighton and Hove
- Volunteer of the Year - Bidge Garton
- Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Sport - Gus Poyet
- Adam Faith Local Hero - Tracey Howe, St Andrew’s CE Infant School, Eastbourne
- Angel of the Year - Amanda Woodhouse, Amanda’s Angels
- Outstanding Contribution to Sussex – Tony Bloom
- Charity of the Year - Friends Centre
- Business in the Community - The Romans
- Carer of the Year - David Edwards
- Public Service - Carelink Plus
- Community Event of the Year - Saltdean Lido Fun Day
- Beyond the Call of Duty - Ray Freeman, Bristol Estate Residents Association
- Mum of the Year - Sue Wells
- Green Project or Person of the Year - Tom Chute, 10:10 Brighton and Hove
- Dad of the Year - Peter Bundock
- Contribution to Arts & Culture - Same Sky
- School of the Year - Moulsecoomb Primary School
- Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year - David Edwards, Stephen Robinson, Craig Beckett, Millie Davis, Charlie Allen, Maisie Smith, Harry Wood and Rhien Browning
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