By Kelly Wickham
A city charity celebrated after winning at the Best of Sussex Community Awards.
More than 150 people attended the awards ceremony, held at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, during which Shaun Lyndon Smith, manager of Hair at No 4, was named the winner of volunteer of the year.
Shaun donates his time and expertise by volunteering at Dementia Support’s Sage House salon on a Wednesday.
He said: “My experience is personal as my father had dementia and sadly my mother-in-law is going through a very similar thing.
“Cutting hair for people living with dementia and their carers and the happy feeling of looking good is something I can give people and give back to the community.
“I enjoy doing it and the people here are great. They always make me feel welcome. I’ve built up a bit of a bond with some of the clients here. They all walk past and wave and say ‘Hello Shaun’. So the more I can give the better I feel, it’s great fun. I couldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it.”
Tangmere Primary Academy was nominated as school of the year and went on to win the Readers Choice Award for their close intergenerational work they do with Dementia Support.
Assistant head teacher Bev Iles said: “We want to thank Sage House, they are such a good supporter, and we really do love the work we do at Sage House, it not only benefits our children but the clients also.”
Hosted by Ambrose Harcourt, there were speeches by Sussex-based novelist Kate Mosse and headline sponsor Mike Harris, of the Sussex Masonic Foundation, who said of the work of Dementia Support: “I don’t know how this country will run without an organisation like you.”