New Year Honours: Sussex youth worker recognised

A Sussex woman who has devoted her life to helping young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Brighton has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Jess Wood, 56, from Seaford, has been appointed MBE after setting up Allsorts Youth Project in 1999.

The charity has helped more than 1,000 young people.

Ms Wood successfully oversaw the expansion of the service and has raised more than £1m in the last decade.

Other people from Sussex to be honoured include Ian Johns, from Newhaven.

The 55-year-old coxwain, who is stationed at Newhaven RNLI, was appointed MBE for services to maritime safety. He has volunteered at the station for more than 35 years.

Olympic construction

Alison Evans, 45, from Peacehaven, has been appointed MBE for services to visually-impaired young people.

She has been with the Blatchington Court Trust, which promotes education needs of young visually-impaired people, since it started in 1995.

Howard Shiplee, from Echingham, was appointed CBE for services to construction. Mr Shiplee is the director of construction for the Olympic Delivery Authority.

And Ian Sumnall, who is the chief executive of Arun District Council, was appointed OBE for services to local government.