Bude Heroes Awards 2018



8th November saw the first ever Bude Heroes Awards, developed and organised by Mayor of Bude, Bob Willingham, held at the Parkhouse Centre in Bude.

“Our town is full of brilliant, selfless people who do so much for others, and I thought it was high-time we recognised and celebrated the efforts of these inspiring individuals.

“As a result, the Bude Heroes Awards was born!”

Mayor Bob had called for nominations over recent months, and stated that the awards were open to all; he said: “Nominees could be young or old, and can belong to the emergency services or hospital support, charity organisations, animal welfare, or community groups – to suggest just a few!”

The deadline for nominations was the 26th of October, and the Mayor saw a steady flow of nominees from all walks – from local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, to work settling refugees in to Bude.

All nominees were then invited to the awards ceremony to collect a trophy and certificate in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Bude town, on behalf of the Mayor and Bude-Stratton Town Council.

In total, 17 local people were recognised. In order of receipt:

  • Mary Whibley – on behalf of her work with the Bude Refugees Group
  • Paul Crum – in recognition of his work with BRAG (Bude Rubbish Action Group)
  • Deb Rosser – on behalf on her work with ReFILL and the Bude Sea Pool
  • Ella Henwood and Dean Henwood – for their work supporting the Bude Surf Life Saving Club
  • Sue Read and Jinny Adams – the so-called ‘Guerilla Gardeners’ beautifying the roundabouts in Bude
  • Sue Clancy Gear AKA ‘Born to be Wild’ – in recognition of her work rescuing and rehabilitating local wildlife
  • Ros Dolphin – in recognition of her tireless efforts with multiple charities and organisations, including Age Concern, St Loye’s, Bude Refugees, and Street Pastors – to name just a few!
  • The Castle Archive Team (Anne Longley, Madalene Warren, Patricia Philp, Sue Burrows) – for their work organising and assembling exhibitions free for the community to enjoy at The Castle, Bude.
  • Janet McGulley – in recognition of her work for the Exercising for Mobility group
  • Isabel Florendine – for her work fundraising for the Air Ambulance
  • Susan Jarvis – on behalf of her work managing Bude Foodbank
  • Pete Vickery – for his work over many years for the Bude Surf Life Saving Club


Mayor Bob said: “These people are the unsung heroes of our community; they do it all for non-profit and they are tireless in their efforts. I am so delighted that the Bude Heroes Awards has taken off, and that these wonderful people are receiving the recognition they deserve.”

Sue Clancy Gear, who received an award for her animal rescue and rehabilitation work with Born to be Wild, said: “I felt very privileged to be nominated, and would love to thank the people who nominated me, especially Steph Jones-Giles, who, after nominating me, was chosen to present my award. She made a very kind speech; thank you Steph. It was a really lovely evening and I felt honoured to be with some very special people. Also, a big thank you to Tamar Vets who help me with the injured ones. Without their support it would be very difficult.”

Steph Jones-Giles, who nominated Sue, said: “I nominated Sue Gear of Born to be Wild because she is a true inspiration to so many of us. Day in, day out every year she receives sick, injured or orphaned wildlife of all species with open arms. She is passionate, skilled and caring in everything she does but what particularly amazes me is the dedication and commitment this takes in terms of time, energy and personal finances. Wildlife in Bude would be impoverished without her and she fully deserves to be acknowledged as one of Bude’s Heroes.”

Laila Parker Crum, who also attended the awards ceremony with her partner Paul Crum, nominated for an award in recognition of his tireless efforts with BRAG (Bude Rubbish Action Group), said: “Last night was a great night to honour people in our community, who do normal things that are not actually normal! We had a great time and I thank Mayor Bob for spending his funds this way.” The Bude Rubbish Action Group is a local community group made up of volunteers to keep Bude clean and tidy, and who also aim to educate the next generation.

The youngest award winners on the evening were sister and brother: Ella and Dean Henwood, nominated for their work supporting the Bude Surf Life Saving Club.

The Chairman of the club – Simon Hammond – who nominated the pair, said: “They have been running our lifeguard course for the last three years and helping out with junior training on a regular basis – all voluntary. They never grumble or need to be pushed and are always keen to help. They are a couple of genuinely fantastic volunteer coaches and the club really couldn’t do without them.”

Their proud mum, Jayney Henwood, said: “Ella and Dean both joined the Bude Surf Life Saving Club at age seven, in the Nippers, then progressing through the club to Juniors and then Seniors. Their success is a result of the support and mentoring from the club; along the way they have learned Surf Life Saving Skills. They were supported to gain their trainer assessor award for Surf Life Saving GB, and since then have run the Lifeguard training group. Both are RNLI lifeguards and work on our local beaches, keeping both locals and residents safe.”

She continued, “I’m obviously very proud of their achievements and the opportunities they now have. My Dad, Arthur Bailey – Ella and Dean’s Granddad – is the president of Bude Surf Life Saving Club, and he was present at the awards and is extremely proud of his grandchildren.”


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