Wonderful celebration in Horsham

GUY LEONARD and Company was delighted to be sponsoring the West Sussex County Times Community Awards for the second year running held at The Capitol in Horsham. The awards are a wonderful community event and listening to some of the stories of those people involved is very humbling.

This year we sponsored the Best Volunteer Group which was won by the Horsham branch of The Samaritans. This is such a long established charity that perhaps falls under the radar for many of us but the work that they do is a lifeline for many people.

The volunteers are all fully trained to be able to listen to callers who clearly have reached the point where they have no one to turn to. To give up your time not only to undertake the training but then to regularly take on shifts takes a lot of commitment and this award was very well deserved.

The Capitol stage was beautifully decorated with balloons and as each winner was announced they went up to the stage to have their photograph taken with the sponsor and to be presented with their award.

Host for the evening, the County Times’ Theo Cronin, encouraged each winner to say a few words and without exception all showed complete modesty for their achievements. Ian Gough, manager of Guy Leonard in Horsham, presented the prize to the Samaritans.

We were delighted that the County Times Achievement Award was won by Peter Sutton of PMW. Guy Leonard and Company have got to know Peter over the last few months as when we learnt of his quest to raise £100,000 for The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents at Five Oaks we were anxious to be involved.

Last month Horsham 100 held a weekend walk along the South Downs Way. We decided to enter a team to walk the 100k as a relay and as a result 12 members of Guy Leonard and Company spent two days walking and raised more than £3,500. We had a lot of fun and are really proud of the amount we raised.

The County Times Community Awards have now been running for three years and Guy Leonard and Company have been involved for the last two. We very much hope to continue with this involvement as well as giving our continued support to The Dame Vera Lynn Trust.

CATHY MOORE

Director, Guy Leonard and Company

High Street, Storrington