Nominations for award required

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Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions are appealing for nominations for children or young people who have triumphed in the face of adversity in an awards scheme.

The Brian Smith Achievement Awards were formed in memory of former president of the NPS Lions Club Brian Smith, who was head teacher at East Quinton School (now Cuckmere House School)in Seaford.

He spent his life helping young people, especially those with a disadvantage.

It was the wish of his family and the members of the Lions Club to set up a memorial in his name.

Lions spokesperson Derek McGarvie said: “The Brian Smith Achievement Award is an annual award now in its 17th year which is awarded to a young person who has won through against the odds.

“The award seeks to recognise a young person who has shown great bravery in combating a serious illness or disability or someone who cares for a sick person, or has learnt to play an instrument or achieve a high standard in academics in spite of a disability.”

The criteria is achievement over and above what might have been expected. There need not be a disability.

The young person must live in the Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs area and be no younger than seven years of age and no older than 16 years on June 1, 2014.

Send your nominations to Lion Derek MacGarvie, Youth Officer, 1 Princes Close, Seaford, BN25 2EW by March 31.

Nominations should include the young person’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth and the reasons for their choice.