Search on to reward true spirit of Corby

Corby The Spirit of Corby awards: Winners Cobwebs l-r Chris Sudworth, who presented the award to Steven Gilbert, Neil McFarlane, (Support Worker), and Jamie Middleton.'16/06/11

Corby The Spirit of Corby awards: Winners Cobwebs l-r Chris Sudworth, who presented the award to Steven Gilbert, Neil McFarlane, (Support Worker), and Jamie Middleton.'16/06/11

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THE search is on to reward unsung heroes and organisations who go the extra mile to help others and show the true spirit of Corby.

Corby Corby has launched its 2012 Spirit of Corby Awards and residents are being asked to nominate the people and the groups they believe deserve recognition. There are six award categories and people can make as many nominations as they like for one or all of them.

Once all the nominations are in an independent panel will draw up a shortlist for each category and residents will be able to vote for the winners.

The overall Spirt of Corby Award, won last year by Cobwebs, a group whose memebers have learning difficulties and who volunteer to clean up woodland areas will be chosen by an independ panel.

Last year more than 3,000 people cast their votes for the Spirit of Corby winners and it is hoped the awards will generate the same interest this year.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Core theatre on Tuesday, August 28.

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said: “The Spirit of Corby Awards is a fantastic annual event for the borough and a great way for us to celebrate those individuals and groups in the community that really contribute to life in Corby.

“I would urge everyone to send in their nominations and let us know who you think has the real Spirit of Corby”

People can make as nominiations as they like for one or all of the categories but last year’s winners must not be nominated for the same award.

Nominations can be made by filling out a form at Corby Council’s website, using the form in its One publication or by picking up a form from the help desk on the ground floor of the Cube. The deadline for nominations is midday on Wednesday, July 18.

The categories include the Jimmy Kane Young Spirit of Corby Award, sponsored by RS Components, which was won last year by Corey Briffa. This award is made to a Corby resident under 25 who has made a contribution to their local community, is an example to their friends, excelled in music, education, sport or has overcome adversity and shown true grit.

The Club Spirit Award, sponsored by Quantum Print, is for an individual or group who has contributed to a local club or society, such as sporting, social or voluntary groups. Last year’s winners were Kerry Walker and Leanne Barrett.

The Community Spirit Award, sponsored by the police and won in 2011 by Etta Foley, Eva Jones and Patsy Smyth, recognises effort to build a safer stronger community.

The Creative Spirit Award, sponsored by Corby Learning Partnership, is for a contribution to the arts. It was won last year by Rock FM.

The Education Spirit Award, sponsored by Tresham College and won in 2011 by Mandy Wright, is for commitment to learning.

The Environmental Spirit Award, sponsored by Kier Street Services, will recognise an individual or group which protects or improves the environment.

It was won last year by overall winners Cobwebs.