Corby charity worker in line for national award

Katrina Baker, centre, receiving the hard work and determination prize at the Pride in Northamptonshire Awards
Katrina Baker, centre, receiving the hard work and determination prize at the Pride in Northamptonshire Awards

A Corby mum who set up a charity after the death of her young daughter has been shortlisted for a national award.

And the charity she launched, Macy’s Memory, has also reached the finals of the annual Butterfly Awards, held to recognise the achievements of families who overcome the loss of a baby and the health care professionals who support them.

Katrina Baker, of Selsey Road, Corby set up the charity in memory of her daughter Macy, who died in 2008, aged just 22.

The youngster had Patau’s syndrome which left her blind, deaf, with kidney and brain abnormalities and severe lung disease.

Macy’s Memory supports families of terminally ill children with genetic or chromosome abnormalities and helps grieving parents with the cost of funerals and memorials.

The charity has been shortlisted in the category for organisations supporting families in the UK affected by the loss of a child and Katrina has been shortlisted in the category for individuals overcoming tragedy (international).

Other categories include best hospital, consultant, midwife and online support organisation.

Katrina said; “I was astonished and delighted to hear that I had been nominated and that Macy’s Memory had been shortlisted too. No one does this kind of thing for recognition, we do it to help others, but it does give you the determination to keep going.”

Last week Katrina won the hard work and determination prize at the Pride in Northamptonshire Awards held at Wicksteed Park, Kettering.

The Butterfly Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Paragon Hotel in Birmingham on October 19.

To vote for Katrina and Macy’s Memory please visit www.thebutterflyawards.com.