THE Community Awards 2018 are fast approaching and today we ask our valued readers to vote for Outstanding Contribution to Sussex.

This is an award honouring individual achievements.


We have chosen three people and we want you to have your say.

The category is proudly sponsored by American Express.

Beverly Sawyers, vice president at American Express, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Community Stars Awards for the ninth year.

“At American Express, we believe it’s important to recognise the efforts of individuals and organisations making a valuable social impact within our communities.

“All three nominees shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Award deserve to be applauded for their remarkable work.”

Here are the three finalists:

Robert Senior 

The Argus:

Robert Senior is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the global research company Euromonitor International in the 1970s.

He moved to Lewes in 2000 with his wife Sarah Hunter and their three daughters.

In 2010 Robert established The Chalk Cliff Trust, a charity which provides small to medium size grants to charitable organisations across Sussex.

Since then the charity has made about 1,500 grants including 200 in 2018. Recipients include hospitals and hospices, charities working with disabilities, children and the elderly and regional arts organisations.

In 2012 Robert funded and co-founded The Depot cinema in Lewes. The three-screen cinema has since won many national and regional awards including the Selwyn Goldstein Civic Trust award for accessibility, the LABC national award for building excellence and the RTPI award for planning excellence. It is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cinemas in the world.

The cinema provides a diverse range of films including world cinema, documentaries, classics and new movies.

The programme also includes live performances and many charitable events.

All screenings and events are at affordable prices and it has had a huge impact on the community. In November 2018 The Depot was nominated for the Screen International Cinema of the Year award, bestowed on the best independent cinema in the UK.


Imelda Glackin

The Argus:

Imelda Glackin is chief executive of the Martlets hospice in Hove. Imelda has more than 30 years’ experience working in health, both in the NHS and the voluntary sector.

She qualified as a nurse in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, in 1984 and moved to London to work in haematology and oncology.

She then moved to hospice care in London in the Nineties and this is where she found her real passion.

Supporting people with a terminal illness is where she felt her skills lay and she said it was here that she learned so much about life and what really matters in it.

Imelda said it was a privilege to be with people as

they approached the end of their life. She said really appreciating what matters to people is enlightening and inspiring and it is the patients and their families who have been her greatest role models in life.

Imelda moved to Brighton and held several hospice management roles in the city and Worthing. She then took up the role of chief executive of Martlets in 2014 and says she has the best job in town, leading an incredible organisation with an outstanding team of people, staff and volunteers.

The core aim is always to deliver the best care for patients and their families in the place where they want to be cared for.

Martlets is a charity and so relies on the support of the community to ensure it continues to deliver the services that the people need.

Since becoming chief executive she has overseen the popular Snowdogs by the Sea public art trail in 2016 which raised £310,000 for the hospice.

She is an inspirational woman, whose focus is to give patients and their families the best end of life experience possible at the most difficult time.


Norman Cook

The Argus:

Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, is the internationally renowned DJ, musician and record producer, a long-term Hove resident and charity supporter.

Norman is marking 20 years of You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby, released in October 1998 and recorded and produced at his home studio.

He is a huge supporter and former shirt sponsor of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. A keen runner, he ran the first Brighton Marathon ten years ago and has run the Brighton Half Marathon on several occasions to fundraise for charities including Young Epilepsy.

He is a Martlets ambassador and supporter of the charity for many years.

This year, he opened LagoonFest, the inaugural festival to raise money to revamp Hove Lagoon, organised by volunteers from Friends of Hove Lagoon. Norman and his son Woody, also donned superhero costumes for the annual Heroes Run on Brighton and Hove seafront, raising money for Rise UK, a Brighton-based charity which helps survivors of domestic abuse.


Voting closes 9am on December 21.