First nominations in Community Awards 2013

Last year's Best Community Person winner, Rose Watts
Last year's Best Community Person winner, Rose Watts

ONE CATEGORY is already proving popular in our Community Awards – Best Community Person has received three nominations in the first week.

Wendy Morris, leader for the 1st South Bersted Cubs, was nominated by Ally McCaffrey.

“Wendy works tirelessly inspiring young people to help in the community by holding events such as the Green Footprint and litter collections and has embarked on a partnering project at West Park to provide a nature area for use by the community,” she said.

Carolyn Sweeney, from Creations, was nominated by Emma Baines.

“Carolyn constantly looks to help others,” she said.

“Whether it be our free wig personalisation service, linking in with the local hospitals and hospices to help anyone suffering from hair loss, to giving six of our team the chance to go to South Africa to build a house.”

Debbie Marsh was nominated by Nikki Rowling for her work managing a girls’ pompom troupe and in the community.

“Debbie is a much-loved person in the community and a friend to many,” she said.


Nominations will be open until mid-July, with voting taking place before the awards ceremony later this year.

You can nominate by emailing

This year, there is also a new way to nominate via our Community Awards Facebook page:

All nominations should include a contact name and number for both the nominee and nominator, the category and no more than 50 words on why they are being nominated.

Sponsorship and categories

The full list of categories in year’s awards is:

Best Volunteer

Best Community Person

Mini Hero, sponsored by Families for Children

Hero to Animals

Best School, sponsored by Natures Way Foods

School Star

Super Senior

Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips

Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers

Best Sportsperson

Special Recognition

Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group

Outstanding Bravery

Voice of the People

Best Community Event

Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community

Observer Award for Special Achievement, sponsored by Rolls Royce

More information on each category is in the paper, along with sponsor logos.

However, there is still time to become a category sponsor in this year’s awards.

For more information on sponsorship, visit or email or call 01243 534140.