Trio recognised with New Year Honours

Ian Johns (centre)
Ian Johns (centre)
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A SEAFORD woman who has dedicated her time to supporting young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Jess Wood was one of several people from the Sussex area to be honoured for their efforts.

Des Prichard

Des Prichard

The 56-year-old, who has been appointed MBE, has been supporting people in Brighton through the Allsorts Youth Project, which she set up in 1999.

The charity has helped more than 1,000 young people and has raised more than £1 million in the last decade.

Also on the list is fellow Seaford resident Des Prichard QFSM who was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

He has been the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service since October 2001, having joined East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service in 1995 as the Assistant Chief Fire Officer and then in 1996, promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Lee Howell, president of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), said, “I am absolutely delighted that Des has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

“He has worked tirelessly for CFOA for many years and is held in the highest esteem by colleagues for his unswerving commitment and dedication to the profession. This is a fitting tribute to an exceptional officer.”

Des added, “This award is a reflection of the hard work from all the tremendous people I have worked with during my career but in particular the fantastic staff in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

“It has been a pleasure and privilege leading such a great organisation and I am grateful to all the members of the fire authority as well as staff.

“In particular though I am especially grateful to my wife Ruth and son Ben for their support and encouragement behind the scenes.”

Ian Johns, who retired as coxswain of Newhaven Lifeboat last year, was appointed MBE.

He dedicated his honour to the team and those who had supported the RNLI over the years.

The Newhaven resident, who was coxswain for nine years and served on the Newhaven lifeboat for 37 in total, added, “It was an utter surprise, I didn’t think I’d receive anything like this.

“It’s nice to be able to share this with them.