Spirit of Corby 2015 – the winners
The 2015 Spirit of Corby nominees were celebrated and the winners announced at an awards ceremony last night (Tuesday September 22) in the Core at Corby Cube.
Corby Borough Council, along with sponsors of the event – Northamptonshire Police, Quantum Print, Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, RBW, Savoy Cinemas and the Core at Corby Cube – welcomed local dignitaries including the High Sherriff for Northamptonshire and the Mayor of Corby, nominees, guests and room full of cheering supporters.
The International Orchestra was also welcomed on stage after the interval and entertained the crowd with two pieces of music.
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Again, the Spirit of Corby Awards was an incredible night. Every year we take so much pride from listening to the nominees’ achievements and the how they make a difference to people in the borough. It really is one of those occasions where we see the true Spirit of Corby.
“Over 7,500 votes were cast this year for our nominees and I think they should all be very proud whether they were winners or not. On behalf of the council and all our sponsors this year, without which none of this would be possible, I would like to congratulate each and every person who was nominated.”
Presenting the Environmental Spirit Award, the High Sherriff for Northamptonshire, Dr Ahmed Muhktar, said: “You should all be very proud of Corby. Corby is a jewel in Northamptonshire’s crown and a beacon for the UK.”
The winners are:
Community Spirit Award (Sponsored by Northamptonshire Police)
Jam Team – The Jam Team work seven nights a week, 365 days a year on the streets of Corby, helping young people to be respected citizens and diverting them from anti-social behaviour and crime. The Jam Team is made up of Corby people who are interested in their town and the safety of young people. They aim to improve the quality of life for our residents by protecting them from youth nuisance by providing young people with positive activities, such as sport, drama and volunteering opportunities.
Club Spirit Award (Sponsored by RBW)
Corby Netball Club – The Corby Netball Club was set up six years ago with 12 members attending. The club now has a huge membership of 85 people and caters for children aged between seven and 16 years old and women of all ages and abilities. A team of volunteers give up ten hours a week to coach and encourage local Corby women to become great netballers. The club has played in the Northampton Junior League and, this year the Under-10s group came fourth in the competition. They have also represented Northamptonshire at a regional tournament, while also having members who have gained access to the County Satellite and Academy Squads.
Creative Spirit Award (Sponsored by Quantum Print)
Kevin Costello – Kevin grew up in Corby and attended Irish Dancing classes for a large amount of his young life. He was so good that he danced at the world championships and now, as an adult, he runs his own Irish Dancing classes where he teaches children of all ages. He has an exceptional talent and the children love his classes. Some of his students have attended world championship competitions and obtained very good grades. Kevin dedicates a lot of his time to his Irish dancing classes and takes pride in his students who are regularly asked to dance at public functions.
Environmental Spirit Award
Bernard Betts – 90-year-old Bernard leads by example with all the work he does at Coronation Park – namely, planting and weeding. Bernard is thought to be an inspiration to local young offenders who, thanks to his passion, have brought plants from home to plant at the park. He is always up for a challenge, his own health issues being no obstacle. He has constructed cages to support the development of roses in the memorial walk, as well as using scrap pieces of wood found around the park to construct an insulation box for the newly installed water taps. Bernard is a fine example that you are never too old to care for the environment.
Education Spirit Award (Sponsored by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education)
Youthie – Youthie is a project for young people, which has been set up this year by three local mums, volunteering their time to help people aged between 11-17 years old in Corby. The three women have already received a great amount of support and each week the number of children attending the group grows. This project has given volunteer opportunities to local people to help gain experience and help for jobs in the future while children are learning, interacting, being offered support, having fun and staying out of trouble.
Young Spirit Award (sponsored by Savoy Cinemas)
Liam Duncan – Earlier in the year, nine-year-old Liam wanted to do something positive in honour of his mum, Cathy, who sadly passed away. Liam bravely set himself the challenge to raise money for the Centenary Wing at Kettering General Hospital, which is where his mum was treated. Liam came up with the idea of a themed day at school and so St Patricks Catholic Primary School had a ‘Pink Day’ – which included a huge cake sale, a non-uniform day and a coffee morning. In April last year, Liam donated a fantastic £3,000 to the Centenary Wing to help them fund new equipment.
Overall Spirit of Corby Winner (supported by Core at Corby Cube) – Liam Duncan.
Pictured above – WELL DESERVED: The winners of the 2015 Spirit of Corby Awards line up.