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On Friday 25 November we were at the stunning All Saints Chapel celebrating the very best that Eastbourne and the surrounding area has to offer – recognising everything from flourishing businesses, true community spirit, sporting brilliance and individuals with a heart of gold.


Here’s a full list of our wonderful winners!

harity Of The Year – with The Langney Shopping Centre

Winner – Friends of Hazel Court School

Friends of Hazel Court School provide much needed funds HAZEL Court School. The FE department of the school provides specialist education for young people with severe learning difficulties. Through their curriculum they learn essential personal development skills. The charitable donations enable them to keep facilities and equipment to excellent standards and has allowed them to buy exciting new technology, giving their learners the best possible outcome. The help of the charity was described as ‘invaluable’ by the school.

Chris Copsey Gold Award – with McDonalds

Winner – Irene Smithers

Irene was described as a caring and generous person who gives so much time to charity fundraising. She is a community champion at Tesco and helps countless local community groups and schools with fundraising, sponsoring and raising awareness. Irene also volunteers every week with the charity Feeding the Homeless.

Courage Award – with Epilepsy Lifestyle

Winner – Sophie Tucker

12 year old Sophie has been through a lot in her short life. She has complex medical needs, a learning disability and a genetic disorder called Di George syndrome. She has also endured countless surgeries to straighten her spine having been diagnosed with scoliosis. Despite everything she’s been through she was described as a bright and happy girl who has never let anything get in her way. She’s is loved by everyone she meets and is a constant positive influence on her family.

Inspiration Award – with The Eastbourne Arndale Shopping Centre 

Winner – Shirley McCall

81 Shirley from Hampden Park is an inspiration to us all! In September she took part in a wheelchair climb up to the top of the O2 Arena in London… and back down again backwards! She’s raising money for, and is an ambassador of, The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

Fundraiser of the Year – with Room 2 Let

Winner – Geoff Stonebanks

Keen gardener Geoff, from Seaford, has raised over £76,500 for charity in seven years by inviting the public to view his award winning gardens and encouraging others to open their gardens too. If you want to see more of Geoff’s incredible work take a look at his website www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk

Lifetime Achievement – with Martello  Beach Holiday Park

Winner – Barry Reece

For over 25 years Barry has been Centre Manager of Langney Shopping Centre. He’s seen 12 owners come and go over this time but has remained loyal and committed to the centre. His tireless charity work over the years has spanned decades and he’s helped the RNLI, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the British Legion Poppy Appeal, Lions, St Wilfred’s Hospice and many more. He’s also been heavily involved with the was also president of the Eastbourne Rotary

Parent In A Million

Winners – Michael & Jean Dobson

Michael and Jean were nominated by their son Russell who wanted to express his sincere thanks for everything they have done for him. A tough year has seen Michael successfully fight his third bought of Cancer, Jean undergo a hip replacement and Russell himself be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Russell told us he was so thankful for their support and so lucky to have them.

Top Teacher – with Di Lietos Coffee Lounge

Winner – Vikki Potten

Vikki is head of the drama department at Ratton School. She was nominated by her husband who said her dedication to her extra-curricular activities was second to none. She runs Irish Dancing lessons during and outside of school hours and has seen her team of Irish Dancers flourish to a group of almost 60 in total. They perform at events, hold their own shows and on the night of the awards were even on stage at the Congress Theatre.

Young Person of the Year – with Sussex Downs College

Winner – Jake Simmons

16 year old Jake was nominated by his parents who said he was a truly giving young person. He’s just started A levels and is doing well academically, his hobby is dingy sailing and he is often the one showing new members how to rig a boat and helping them have a great time on the sea. He has a brother and sister with an extremely rare genetic condition (they are currently the only two in the UK). They both have extremely high needs as they are deaf/blind, unable to walk, talk, are wheelchair users and have a huge amount of other diagnosis, Jake is always fully supportive of his siblings, he’s raised money in the past to support a hospice that once helped them and he’s always nurturing towards them.

Best Business – with Tax Assist Accountants

Winner – D B Domestics

We were told in nominations that this is a family owned and operated appliance retailer based in Eastbourne, who constantly offer excellent customer service and faultless quality workmanship. We were told that their repair service is quick and efficient. They were praised in nominations for their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Best Eatery –
with Quality Services Hygiene Supplies 

Winner – Butlers

Situated on South Street in Eastbourne, Butlers serve both traditional and contemporary British dishes, from a light lunch to a delicious dinner or pre-theatre treat. Nominations said their modern decor oozed class, their staff were fun and friendly and their menu ever-changing, extensive and unbeatable. One nomination told us Butlers had brought London standard dining to Eastbourne

Best New Business – with Neon Noel

Winner – Butterfly Make up and Brow Studio

Recently relocated to larger premises in Little Chelsea, Nikki, a highly trained makeup artist, and has created a unique studio, with what was described in nominations as a happy fun environment that feels like an escape.

All nominations told us what incredible service they received when receiving treatments from simple brow shaping to manicures to massages, facials and more advance beauty procedures.

They offer princess parties, wedding and prom hair and make-up and once a month Nikki and her team offers free treatments to anyone going through cancer treatments or recovering.