The Argus is set to once more recognise the selfless men and women of Sussex at our annual achievement awards.

Our pages are forever full of inspiring men, woman and groups who more often than not go unnoticed and unappreciated by the wider public.

Now in its 12th year, the Argus Achievement Awards sets about shining a light on these incredible individuals and groups with the hope of inspiring others.

Most of the regular awards will again be contested for with the likes of Charity of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

However there are also a host of new awards including Grand Parent of the Year and Local Hero.

As ever the event would be impossible without our kind sponsors which this year include Legal & General, Juice 107.2, AVT Connect, Mears, Pembroke Care Group, UK Power Networks, American Express, Brighton and Hove City Council, Southern Water, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Theatre Royal Brighton and City College Brighton and Hove.

This year’s Argus Achievement Awards will conclude with a lavish ceremony at the Theatre Royal Brighton on October 6.

But the awards could not go ahead without you, our readers.

We want to hear who you think is deserving of an award?

Tell us about your inspirational teachers, carers, volunteers and pupils.

We want to know which charity deserves recognition along with the most deserving business in the community, event, school, local hero and many more.

There are a number of ways you can have your say. You can simply fill out the online entry form.

You can also send your suggestion by email to

Please include your name, address and contact number along with your nominee’s name, address, category and reason for nomination.

A panel of judges, led by The Argus editor Michael Beard, pictured left, will then select the top three in each category in time for the October ceremony.

Frances Borrer, from sponsor Legal and General, said: “We're delighted to be supporting the Argus Achievement Awards again this year and to be sponsoring the 'Charity of the Year' category, which recognises those whose work supports the most vulnerable in our society.

“Our support of the Argus Appeal will help ensure they are able to do what they do best - raise the funds that make a real impact to those who live and work in these areas.”

Mr Beard, added: “The event, now in its 12th year, is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes across the community which we serve.

“They too often go unnoticed and this is a great opportunity to thank them.

“I would encourage everyone to take a good look at the categories and to nominate those they think deserve the recognition.”

Categories in The Argus Achievement Awards 2013

School of the Year - sponsored by City College Brighton and Hove

Contribution to Sussex Sport - sponsored by The Score

Grandparent of the Year - sponsored by the Brighton Hilton Metropole

Parent of the Year - sponsored by Juice 107.2

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 The Leader Series

Green Project or Person of the Year - sponsored by Southern Water

Outstanding Pupil of the Year – sponsored by

Teacher of the Year - sponsored by Youth in Action

Contribution to Arts and Culture Award - sponsored by Theatre Royal

Achiever of the Year - sponsored by Sussex Society Magazine

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 Local Hero Award - sponsored by Mears

The Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Award - sponsored by American Express

The winners of last year's awards were:

  • Teacher of the Year - Dewi Vaughan
  • Outstanding Pupil of the Year - Veronica Freeborn
  • Achiever of the Year - Tina Cook
  • Volunteer of the Year - Marilyn Nolan
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Sport - Mark Bundock
  • Adam Faith Local Hero - David Hills
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sussex – Martin Perry
  • Charity of the Year - The Cybersmile Foundation
  • Business in the Community - The Plough Inn
  • Carer of the Year - Monica Hanna
  • Public Service - Carousel
  • Young Employee of the Year - Antoine Coevoet
  • Community Event of the Year - The Deans Festival
  • Beyond the Call of Duty - Charles Boughton-Leigh
  • Mum of the Year - Emma Wileman
  • Green Project or Person of the Year - Nicola Cunningham
  • Dad of the Year - Brian Foxwell
  • Contribution to Arts & Culture - Drusilla Duffill
  • School of the Year - Downs View School
  • Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year - Rhys Watkins, Abi Marshall, Alex Rookley, Benedict McAlister, Ryan Mander and Hayley Okines

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