National hero award for former mayor Judy
TIRELESS work in the community has won a national ward for former town mayor Judy Caine.
The Corby councillor was presented with the ‘Public Sector Hero Award’ for her support of young people in education, music and professional development.
Nominated by Mandy Young – co-founder of Corby’s Adrenaline Alley – Judy proudly accepted her award at an official ceremony in London last Monday, July 20.
Locality’s Public Sector Awards is an annual national awards ceremony that aims to recognise those in the public sector who go above and beyond the call of duty for the good of their local community.
Mandy Young put Judy’s name forward for recognition for the hard work she does for Corby, particularly in the Oakley Vale area – the ward she represents. Judy helps partner Paul Balmer – who was himself presented with the BBC Music Day’s Unsung Hero Award last month – working with local youth band The Oakley Rangers.
Mandy said: “After suffering a near fatal brain haemorrhage and moving to Corby nine years ago, Judy has worked tirelessly in our community to support young people in education, learning and music.
“In 2013-2014, Judy was Mayor of Corby and continues to represent Corby as a local councillor. She is committed to many local organisations as a director/trustee, including Adrenaline Alley. She and her partner, Paul, started up The Oakley Rangers; a youth-led initiative helping other people in the community to fulfil their potential or helping others that may need support or just company.
“As a musician, Judy works alongside Paul to offer free music lessons to young people on Saturday mornings in return for their voluntary services on the estate to pick up litter to keep the community clean.
“In the past, Judy has been on the board of governors for Oakley Vale Primary School and has been a consistent and popular lady in the Corby community. In all the voluntary and business services she provides via her Community Interest Company, she is passionate about involving students and young people to learn professional methods to up-skill them for the future. She has encouraged many people to become volunteers, increasing services and activities provided for local communities.”
On winning her award, Judy said: “It was a real honour to have been nominated for this award, not only for the work I very proudly do as a Corby Borough Councillor, but also for the work I do as a trustee for two local charities and for the work I do in the local community in general.
“I am very flattered that Mandy nominated me and very humbled by the wording on the Locality Public Sector Hero Award acknowledging me ‘for providing exemplary support, encouragement, advice and guidance to local community organisations’ – something that Mandy Young, as one of the founding members of Corby’s own prestigious Adrenaline Alley, knows all about.”
Pictured above – LONDON CALLING: Judy Caine with Adrenaline Alley’s Mandy and Paul Young after the award ceremony in the capital earlier this month.