A charity event to recognise people who have lived through tragedy and the people who have helped them raised more than £2,000.
Katrina Baker, of Selsey Road, Corby, organised the Shining Stars of Northamptonshire awards to highlight the hard work done by families, friends and carers of children with life-limiting illnesses.
Katrina lost her 22-month-old daughter Macy in March 2008 when she died of Trisonomy 13, a rare condition which affects the heart valves and lungs.
Since then Katrina, who has five other children, has worked hard to set up a charity called Macy’s Memory to support the families of terminally ill children.
She said the inspiration for the awards was Macy and explained: “We wanted to make people realise that behind the scenes there are often a lot of people who do help out, as well as the doctors and nurses.”
The categories included Most Supportive Sibling and and Most Supportive Friend and there were dozens of nominations for each one.
The presentation ceremony was held on Saturday at The Ritz in Desborough.
Katrina said: “The evening went brilliantly, Faryl Smith sang four times and presented two awards, and lots of the business sponsors have said they want to be involved again, we want to thank them all for their support.
“The evening went very quickly and I was very nervous as I’ve never done anything like this before. I know we made mistakes but we’d definitely like to run it again next year. We are thinking about changing the venue every year and moving the event around Northamptonshire to involve more people.”
Megan’s Flutterby Fund won Fundraiser of the Year. They said: “A special thank you to Katrina Baker and her family and friends who have put in so much hard work over these weeks to put on such a wonderful event.”
Shining Stars of Northamptonshire winners
Young Carer, sponsored by Rainbow Memorials
Thalia Houghton from Wellingborough
Inspirational father, sponsored by Del Berwick
Sandy Morison from Corby
Individual living with special needs, sponsored by McQueens Dreams
Richard and Lennon McDonald from Corby
Individual overcoming adversity, sponsored by Aardvark Soft Play
Liam Breakspear from Kettering
Inspirational mother, sponsored by Quantum Print
Sue Scarratt from Kettering
Supportive grandparents, sponsored by Louise Slaven Dance
Bob and Jean Isted from Corby
Young fundraiser, sponsored by Forces Future charitable foundation
Lilyann Whiting, from Northampton
Inspirational son, sponsored by Bryans Motors
Oliver Smith from Corby
Fundraiser of the year, sponsored by Lawsons of Corby
Megan’s Flutterby Fund, Northampton
Supportive friend, sponsored by Angelo Jacks Special Star
Janet Evans from Kingsthorpe
Most supportive sibling, sponsored by Clown Pals Entertainment
Shannon Knighton from Irthlingborough
Group/organisation with star quality, sponsored by Balloontastic Ups & Downs, Kettering
Inspirational daughter, sponsored by vbites
Sophie Baylis from Welford
NHS/work in the community, sponsored by Corby Flowers
Margaret Greer, a midwife at KGH, from Corby
Richard and Lennon McDonald