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Volunteer Awards 2023

The Uckfield Community Awards were held in partnership with Ashdown Radio.

These annual awards are to celebrate the incredible achievements of those in our local community, who have gone the extra mile in helping others, devoting their time and energy to worthwhile causes, pursuits, and looking after those in need.

There were 13 categories this year:

Carer of the Year– Sponsored by Cooper & Son

Winner: Tom Chapman

Charity Fundraiser of the Year – Sponsored by Uckfield Motor Services

Winner: Daniel Booth

Charity of the Year – Sponsored by Lawson Commercial

Winner: Ridgewood Village Hall

Community Green Award – Sponsored by Wealden District Council

Winner: Uckfield Community Fridge

Emergency Services Person of the Year – Sponsored by CJ Thorne and Co

Winner: Sue Choppin

Give Back to the Community – Sponsored by Parfitt Cresswell

Winner: Smiles Sensory & Family Farm


Neighbour of the Year – Sponsored by Wealden Funerals

Winner: Heidi Greenwood

Happiest Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Rose Gas

Winner: Sammi Kedwards

Parent/Guardian of the Year – East Sussex National

Winner: Sophie Hillum

Teacher of the Year – Sponsored by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

Winner: Daisy-Anne Mayhew, Blackboys C of E Primary School

Sports Person of the Year – Sponsored by The Beauty Spot

Winner: Molly Tye

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Fuller & Scott

Winner: Marion Love

Young Person of the Year – Sponsored by Dawson Hart Solicitors

Winner: Albert French

Congratulations to all winners and nominees, our community wouldn’t be what it is without your incredible efforts.

Winners of the 2022 awards

Young Volunteer of the Year Award: Kimberley Stevens
For her work with Artytime as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Ryan Millns
For his dedication and enthusiasm as programme director at Ashdown Radio a voluntary role that is essential to the smooth running of the radio.

Service to our Community Award: Andrew Ledward
Andrew started volunteering as a teenager and has helped many organisations in Uckfield over about 40 years from maintaining beautiful spaces to reviewing accounts for charities and lots in between.

Winners of the 2021 awards

Good Neighbour Award: Stuart Woodham
For his tireless work coordinating neighbourhood working groups. His energetic and cheerful enthusiasm has inspired others to follow his lead.

Happiest Volunteer Award: Heidi Greenwood
For her wonderfully engaging storytelling online during lockdown with the animals on her farm.

Young Volunteer Award: Jake Isted
For his dedication to helping others throughout the community.

Service to the Community Award: Mike Macve
For his hard work with Uckfield PHAB since its beginning in April 2007.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Peter Griggs
For his unwavering help with Manor Park & Hempstead Fields Residents Association, Surgery Car Service as well as The Meads Patient Group and many other events and projects.