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Selfless heroes who tirelessly serve their villages and towns were honoured with awards this year in recognition of their efforts. Hard working charity fundraisers and kind-hearted volunteers and groups who have all given so much for others took centre stage at the Arun Chairman’s Community Hero Awards on Thursday night.
Due to ill health, Council Chairman Dennis Wilde was unable to attend and the ceremony was conducted by Arun’s Vice Chairman Ann Smee. Guests included district and town Councillors, the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members, three former Chairmen of Arun District Council and Bognor Regis Town Mayor.
All gathered in Arun’s Council Chamber to celebrate the outstanding efforts of the seven award winners.
None had asked for or even expected public thanks for their efforts but, Vice Chairman Councillor Smee told guests that it was only right their tireless devotion and self sacrifice was recognised. Councillor Smee said: “What an incredible evening and a privilege to recognise those people who aren’t normally recognised. I was delighted to be involved and meet such inspiring people who think nothing of their efforts.”
Arun District Council’s Chief Executive Ian Sumnall introduced each of the winners, who were presented witn special trophies by Cllr Smee. Ian said: “It’s always an honour to meet so many people dedicated to helping others, whether that’s their community or charity. “I am delighted, as always, to be involved in this event and inspired by the stories I heard. Our seven award winners are a shining example of the type of people who help make Arun the great district it is.”
Carol Fullick, from Bognor Regis, was recognised for her incredible dedication to Bognor Community Action Network CAN. A registered charity, Bognor CAN supports children, young people, families, and all age groups from all of the deprived wards of Bognor Regis to reduce anti-social behaviour, promote community cohesion, improve health and to increase educational achievements. Carol is development manager and, over the years, has secured funding from the National Lottery and delivered a multitude of groundbreaking projects with partner organisations changing and improving countless lives.
Bognor CAN offers activities throughout the week and school holidays and occasionally weekend events. Carol and her team of dedicated volunteers also run the Bognor Regis Community Town Show and act as a vital hub for people in and around the area. Carol’s support has driven the success of Bognor CAN’s extremely worthwhile work which evolved as a result of the Pevensey Project, consulting the local community and developing projects and activities for children and young people around Bognor Regis.
Carol said: “I feel really overwhelmed to be receiving an award for something I love doing. When I get an idea, I don’t let go. All our volunteers work so hard and they are our future. I hope I can continue making a difference.”