COURAGE AWARD: Sam Hedger from Billingshurst

16 year old Sam Hedger from Billingshurst was in remission for 12 years until an aggressive form of cancer returned 2 years ago. As a result he will have to have a leg amputated. Though it all he hasn’t complained once and his family praised his inspirational bravery

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BEST SISTER: Katie Baker from Eastbourne

9 year old Katie Baker from Eastbourne was nominated by her mum after showing unconditional love and support and endless patience with younger sister Amy who suffers from Dravet Syndrome

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ACHIEVER AWARD: Patrick Evangelista

Having relocated to Sussex from the Philippines at age 6, Patrick Evangelista, now 12, has excelled in his English and his school work, winning his schools Haffended Cup for achievements this year, as well as, of course, a Child of Sussex Award.

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BEST BROTHER: Charlie Mackay from Eastbourne

16 year old Charlie Mackay from Eastbourne was praised for his endless love and dedication to his severely disabled older brother Kenny and his all round caring nature.

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BEST FRIEND: Nyasha Masango & Sarah Mina Wise from Crawley

Nyasha Masango & Sarah Mina Wise from Crawley were joint winners having organised a huge number of fundraising and awareness events for their best friend Georgina, who is fighting a rare form of cancer.

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ACADEMIA AWARD: Georgina Couch from Lewes

16 year old Georgina Couch from Lewes has just completed her GCSE’s taking home all A’s and A*’s. She even took a couple of A Levels early and achieved even more A grades with these

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SPORTING TEAM: The South East Stars Cheerleading Team from Hastings

The South East Stars Cheerleading Team from Hastings have been training together for 5 years and are run by young girls for young girls. They are all inclusive and give the girls the option to compete in events or simply have fun and make friends

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PERFORMER: Curtis Lavender from Worthing

Curtis Lavender from Worthing is a shining star of the future. Excelling in all aspects for performing arts, including acting in lead roles, directing, singing and even playing the saxophone.

Sponsored by: The Theatre Workshop

CARER: Hatty Berry from Brighton

16 year old Hatty Berry from Brighton is taking her GCSE’s this year as well as hours each week of Performing Arts training and on top of that is the sole carer to her mum, Shona, who suffers from fibromyalgia. Shona described her daughter as her lifeline.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Luke Lancaster from East Sussex

16 years old Luke Lancaster from East Sussex set up the charity Young Pioneers when he was 12 years old. They provide education and support to venerable young people and have helped thousands already.

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SPORTING STAR: Kika Green from West Sussex

Kika Green from West Sussex is unquestionably a superstar of the future. At age 12 she is already World Champion, European Champion and British Champion at acrobatic gymnastics.

Sponsored by: The Sovereign Centre Eastbourne

COMMUNITY AWARD: Jonathon Wilks from Hove

Jonathon Wilks from Hove spends his spare time helping the community in many ways, including volunteering as a cub leader every week, he works as a referee in an indoor play centre, he helps out with soccer 6’s at the weekend and is currently training for the great south run.

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FUNDRAISER: Eleanor Hobden from Herstmonceux

12 year old Eleanor Hobden from Hertmonceux has been tirelessly fundraising for the last two years, after sadly losing her Auntie at St Wilfrid’s Hospice. She has been the driving force behind numerous events and collections and has raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Dogs Trust, St Wilfred’s Hospice, Cancer Research UK and many more

Sponsored by: The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity

CHILD OF SUSSEX AWARD: Callum Moore from Eastbourne

Callum Moore from Eastbourne is 13 and is part of a family that fosters. His mum and dad have been amazed at his dedication, love and commitment to the babies and young children that pass through their family. We heard he goes above and beyond in all aspects of his family life.

Sponsored by: Eastbourne Theatres