COMMUNITY AWARDS: Winners presented with their awards at Hawth ceremony

The Ariel Company Theatre Othellos Buddies, won the Crawley Community Awards category for Volunteer Group. Pictured with the Othellos performing at the West Sussex County Times Community Awards 2015.  - picture by Josh Smith for SMedia Group1
The Ariel Company Theatre Othellos Buddies, won the Crawley Community Awards category for Volunteer Group. Pictured with the Othellos performing at the West Sussex County Times Community Awards 2015. - picture by Josh Smith for SMedia Group1

After an emotional night and months of preparation the winners of the first Crawley Community Awards have been announced.

The winners were presented with their awards at a gala at The Hawth theatre this evening (Saturday March 19), picked from more than 300 nominations.

The awards were organised by the Crawley Observer in partnership with The Hawth and Crawley Borough Council.

The winners in the order in which they were presented are:

David Moon - Environment Award

Ariel Othellos Buddies - Volunteer Group

Ray Collins - Volunteer

Springboard - Charity

Chris Lee - Sports Person

Downsman Bowls Club - Sports Team

Celtic and Irish Society - Culture

Fi Steps - Performing Arts

Maria Hains - Fundraiser

Home-Start CHAMS - Community Group

Nigel Turner - Education

Barbara Alderson - Achievement

Phil Hayes - Local hero

Julia Klemkerk - Inspiration

Autism Support Crawley - Support Group

Robert Groves - Courage

Throughout the evening the audience enjoyed performances by musicians Chapter Two, St Wilfrid’s Catholic School, Sussex Adult Tappers and The Diva Dance Group.

The awards were the first of their kind to be hosted in Crawley and were sponsored by Thales, Freedom Leisure, which runs the K2 Crawley, Crawley Town Football Club and the headline sponsors were Gatwick Airport.

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