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BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards

The judges have met and we are delighted to announce the finalists in our 2016 BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards. In no particular order, our finalists for this year are:


  • Rob Dodds
  • SERV Surrey and South London
  • Mandy Partridge

Animal Welfare

  • Julia Robertson
  • Tim Bullen
  • 1066 Reptile Rescue
  • Julia Robertson
  • (Highly Commended - Sally Field, Bob Hutchings)


  • Judith Shrubb
  • Ant Neal
  • Rob Stanley


  • Julie McDonnell
  • Joyce Avard
  • Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
  • (Highly Commended - Aaron Lawrence)

Good Neighbour

  • David Duke
  • Alice Parker
  • Jim Ahmed

Music and Arts

  • Ariel Company Theatre
  • Happy Kings and Queens Drama Group
  • New Note Orchestra


  • Richard Gammage
  • Simon Munn
  • Crackit!
  • Harry Fairchild


  • Gillian Ely
  • Chris Lowe
  • Sussex Nightstop Volunteers
  • (Highly Commended - Saty Satyendra, Sefton Cheskin)

Young Achiever

  • Amy Knight
  • Frances Deans
  • Raefn Webber
  • (Highly Commended - Henry Doran)

The overall winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place on Monday, 28 November at 7pm. The event will be broadcast on our Facebook Live page and there will be highlights on our Breakfast Show the following morning. If tweeting about the awards, please use #BBCHeroes

Judge and Acting Managing Editor Mark Carter commented: "This was a record-breaking year for entries, and we were overwhelmed by the quality of the nominations. Finalists or not, everyone nominated should feel incredibly proud of their achievements."

Last year's ceremony

Click here to look back at the 2015 awards ceremony through photos, audio and read about the winners.

Winners of the 2015 awards