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It’s time to celebrate as inspiring Brighton and Hove residents become Happiness Champions in the 2016 Brighton and Hove Happy List.

The list, which first came out in 2015, is a welcome alternative to annual lists that celebrate people for their money and fame. Instead, the Brighton and Hove Happy List brings recognition to those who bring cheer to their communities.

It’s fantastic to have so many inspiring, smile-inducing individuals in our community, including some from community groups that FareShare Sussex works with.

Kate Holder, who volunteers at the Migrant English Project, made the 2016 list. Kate has worked hard to encourage social interaction between people from all over the world through cookery classes at the project. FareShare Sussex is proud to support the MEP by providing weekly food deliveries of food that would have otherwise gone to waste. In her Happy List interview, Kate also brought attention to another incredible project that FareShare Sussex supports – The Brighton Table Tennis Club. The club was the first UK club to be awarded ‘Club of Sanctuary’ status for its work welcoming refugees and asylum seekers, and provides a fantastic chance for people in the community to have a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Brighton Table Tennis
Brighton Table Tennis Club


Another fantastic local project, the Hove Luncheon Club, saw its coordinator Caroline Henderson become a 2016 Brighton and Hove Happiness Champion. FareShare Sussex provides food for the club, which serves delicious meals to over 70 people each week. The work of Caroline and club volunteers through these meals truly brings joy to the local community.

Hove Luncheon Club
Hove Luncheon Club

The fantastic efforts of fellow waste prevention warriors the Real Junk Food Project, the Big Lemon and the Wood Recycling Project were also highlighted in the list.

It’s brilliant to see members from local community groups we support celebrated in this way, as well as the work of individuals fighting waste in our society.

With the positive work of people coming together in our communities, problems such as food-waste, hunger and social integration are much easier to tackle!