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On Friday 17 March we were at Worthing Pier’s stunning Southern Pavilion celebrating the very best that Worthing and the surrounding area has to offer – recognising everything from flourishing businesses, true community spirit, sporting brilliance and individuals with a heart of gold.
Thank you for all your nominations – Find out the lucky winners below!
To see photos from the night click HERE
WINNER: Bartholomew Estate Agents
One of the phrases which was prominent in the countless nominations we received for Bartholomew’s was ‘trust worthy’. An honest local hardworking estate agents, whether your selling, buying or letting they promise to make it as stress-free as they can. They also work incredibly hard fundraising for Worthing Churches Homeless Project and Born Free.
WINNER: Nonna’s Kitchen
Situated on Warwick Street in Worthing, Nonna’s Kitchen serves traditional and contemporary Italian dishes and offers a great choice no matter your budget or time of day you visit. One nomination said ‘it’s the best Italian restaurant in Worthing’.
WINNER: Candle Scentral
Based on South Street in the town centre, Candle Scentral opened its doors in the summer of 2015 and has been flourishing ever since. Every single nomination told us what incredible service they received from Charlie and his team.
WINNER: Wolfram Syndrome UK
Wolfram Syndrome UK is the only support group and website in the UK for sufferers of Wolfram Syndrome and their families. Set up by local mum Tracey back in 2010 after her daughter was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder it provides a helpline to many people. They hold an annual conference and have just secured a clinical trial which could mean ground-breaking new developments into finding a cure or slowing the disorder down.
WINNER: The Empty Plate Café
Using food that’s past its sell by date, from dented cans or over ordered stock donated by local supermarkets, the Empty Plate Café produces delicious meals that are offered on a free or ‘pay as you feel’ basis. This means people suffering financial hardship, the homeless or just people going through a tough time can get a proper meal from the volunteers at the Empty Plate Café.
WINNER: Jeanette Compton
Jeanette’s son Tommy was tragically killed on a level crossing, aged just 20. Jeanette has used endless courage to set up Tommy’s Fund in his name to help other parents who’ve suffered the heartbreak of losing an older child.
WINNER: George Dowell
When he was just 17 George was involved in a crash which left him paralysed from the chest down. Refusing to give up on his first love, football, he invested in the struggling Worthing Football Club which was destined to close without financial help. George bought a 75% stake in the club with the compensation money from the crash and has transformed not just the grounds and the pitch but the future of the club too.
WINNER: Keith Fowler
When Keith’s father in law sadly died from Aortic Dissection he decided to help raise funds to help with the early detection of the illness. His challenge was to run 10 marathons and raise £5,000. His marathons have included a night-time marathon, fancy dress, extreme and even a multi-storey car park marathon at Teville Gate!
WINNER: Sid Wakeham (Posthumous Winner)
A familiar face recognised by most around the town, whether as Father Christmas or the founding member of the Sompting Village Morris Dancers.
WINNER: Craig Peters
When Craigs wife was pregnant with their twins they were diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Thankfully following successful emergency laser surgery both boys made a full recovery. Craig decided he wanted to raise money for St George’s Hospital Charity’s New Kit Appeal to help other families going through the same ordeal.
WINNER: Katie Gleeson
21-year-old shooter Katie Gleeson is the current British Women’s Rifle Shooting Champion and is part of Backing the Best, a Sports Aid and Sports England initiative for the next generation of elite athletes. She has won several junior records and is representing the country in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
WINNER: Sue Smith
Sue spent 30 years of her teacher career at Vale School and retired from her position of deputy head last year. She was described as ‘an inspiring passionate teacher’
WINNER: Joe Sykes
At 12 years old Joe is already being labelled ‘the next Rory McIlroy’. Since the age of 4 Joe has been a member of Littlehampton Golf Club with his dad and has numerous contents under his belt. Watch out Tiger – Joe is coming!