Corby’s unsung heroes honoured at awards ceremony

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Unsung heroes who give their time freely to help others and enrich the community received recognition at the 2014 Spirit of Corby Awards.

Corby mayor, Cllr Anthony Dady, welcomed nominees and guests to a ceremony at The Core theatre on Friday, September 19, where the winners were announced.

Overall winner of the 2014 Spirit of Corby Awards Jean Devenney, who also received the Creative Spirit Award

Overall winner of the 2014 Spirit of Corby Awards Jean Devenney, who also received the Creative Spirit Award

Jean Devenney received the Creative Spirit Award and was also named the overall Spirit of Corby Award winner.

She began volunteering at Lakelands Hospice, Corby, in 2004 and although she had little experience of art and crafts, Jean became an enthusiastic organiser of activities for patients.

She developed a passion for crafts and now spends hours teaching and encouraging patients, fellow volunteers and staff to sew, paint and design and make jewellery.

Items made in craft sessions are sold to raise much-needed funds for the hospice in Butland Road.

The winner of the Community Spirit Award was She Matters, a support group for women in Corby, and Sheila Lauder, founder of the Corby Gems Girls Football Club, received the Club Spirit Award.

The Pride in Your Area Spirit Award went to Cameron Kellie who gives up his time to ensure Beanfield estate in Corby, where he lives, is kept litter-free.

Leanne Buckingham was presented with the Educational Spirit Award. The 28-year-old, who has two young children and is a carer for her sister, works for Corby’s accommodation and support team, is a governor at Pen Green Children’s Centre, set up a support group for young mums who breast feed and has completed training to become a special constable.

The Jimmy Kane Young Spirit Award went to Exeter estate’s Little Ambassadors, a group of children aged between eight and 11, who have worked to make improvements in the area and are now creating a wildlife garden.

A special recognition award in memory of the late Andy Coupland, a stalwart of Corby Radio, was received by his son Stuart.