Galaxy of new stars recognised at Shining Stars Awards in Corby

Shining Stars winner Gemma Finnegan
Shining Stars winner Gemma Finnegan

A new group of Shining Stars have been recognised for coping with loss and living with special needs.

The Shining Stars Awards took place at the Masonic Hall in Rockingham Road, Corby, on May 16.

Shining Stars winner Vicki-Louise Sherwin

Shining Stars winner Vicki-Louise Sherwin

The awards are in their second year and were created by Corby woman Katrina Baker, founder of the charity Macy’s Memory.

Katrina set up the charity in 2012 after she lost her 22-month-old daughter Macy to a rare genetic condition.

There were more than a dozen categories of awards, including recognising the efforts and achievements of inspirational family members, young carers and individuals living with special needs.

Katrina said: “It was brilliant, everybody was happy and the venue was absolutely fantastic.”

Shining Stars winner Robert Warrener

Shining Stars winner Robert Warrener

There were 17 winners in total at the awards night, which is held close to the date of Macy’s birthday, and was a sell-out with 200 people there.

While the evening can be upsetting to see other families going through the same as Katrina and her family went through with Macy, she added: “The whole charity thing keeps me going.

“The reason I do it is so I have got something to do in the run-up to Macy’s birthday.”

Katrina said she thinks Macy would be proud of what they are doing if she was alive today, and added: “It’s helping families in exactly the same position as we have been in.

Shining Stars winner Dennis Binks

Shining Stars winner Dennis Binks

“We try to make sure there is a little bit of help so they are not worried about where the money is coming from.”

Katrina said the event had received support and sponsorship from numerous organisations and businesses, including Asda, Devine Betty, Gracious and the Lilypad Spa in Corby.

Young singer Chloe Paul from Corby also showed her support by singing during the evening.

Money raised by the awards night goes directly back to Macy’s Memory.

The event raised about £2,000, which will help cover the costs of four applications received by the charity.

The charity aims to help families with terminally ill children and uses its funds for last wish UK holidays and sensory items, among others.

For more information visit www.theshiningstarsawards.com.

The winners from the evening were:

Young Carer - Devonte Dhlakama

Young fundraiser - Vicki-Louise Sherwin

Sibling - Gemma Finnegan

Friend - Michelle Stanton

NHS - Kettering Special Care Baby Unit

Adversity - Kayleigh Douglas

Special needs - Robert Warrener

Organisation with star quality - The Compassionate Friends

Fundraiser of the year - Dennis Binks

Inspirational dad - Paul Skully Sloan

Inspirational mum - Zoe Mcdonald

Supportive grandparent - Margaret Jeans

Inspirational daughter - Farah Mills

Inspirational son - Logan Barton

Macy’s special star - Sofy Denton and James Rodger

Junior shining star 2015 - Vicki-Louise Sherwin

The shining star of 2015 - Gemma Finnegan