Dorothy Sparks receives an award for 'outstanding' community service from Geoff Davies, president of Uckfield Rotary Club.

Dorothy recognised for ‘outstanding’ community service in Uckfield

Uckfield resident Dorothy Sparks has been recognised for her ‘outstanding service’ to the community.

Dorothy, who lives in Hempstead Fields, is chairman of the Uckfield Festival, was the driving force behind last year’s torch run through Uckfield when the Olympic Flame by-passed the town and used to be a town councillor.

She has also been actively involved with the Millennium Green, the Brighter Uckfield Campaign and a member of the governing body of Uckfield Community Technology College.

Uckfield Rotary Club which has presented Dorothy with a community service award was of the view that: “If it’s happening in Uckfield, Dorothy is probably involved somehow.”

President Geoff Davies gave Dorothy the award at a meeting on Monday attended by more than 30 members and guests.

Mr Davies also presented £1,000 to the winner of a Making Dreams Come True award, Ailsa Jones.

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Ailsa Jones is presented with the Making Dreams Come True Award by Uckfield Rotary Club president Geoff Davies.

The award was set up in memory of Private Daniel Gamble, who was killed in action aged 22 while serving as a rifleman and liguist in Afghanistan.

The award is offered to a young adult, aged 16 to 25, living in Uckfield or the surrounding villages to enable them to pursue their dream.

Ailsa intends to use the money towards training she needs to follow her  chosen career in the dog grooming industry. Ailsa is hoping eventually to set up her own business.

Previous winners have used the money to fund teaching in Ethiopia, a placement in Africa as part of a medical degree, advanced level music studies and photographic equipment to support further study.

Thanks to Ron Hill for the pictures.

See also:

Ideas to improve Ridgewood Rec

New rules on keeping hens on Uckfield allotments

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