VIDEO: The county’s best are recognised at awards

People from across the county have been recognised for their courage, selfless work and community spirit at the Pride in Northamptonshire awards.

The ceremony, held at Wicksteed Park this evening (Friday, September 27), was a celebration of the best of the county.

Pride in Northamptonshire Awards 2013, at Wicksteed Park.'Wicksteed Park Choice Award winners Wren Spinney Community Special School.

Pride in Northamptonshire Awards 2013, at Wicksteed Park.'Wicksteed Park Choice Award winners Wren Spinney Community Special School.

Coronation Street actor Sam Aston - who plays Chesney Brown in the soap - was the guest host.

Wren Spinney School won the overall Wicksteed Park Choice award, ahead of the other category winners on the night.

The school had earlier picked up an award in the service with a smile category for its sweet shop and hairdressing salon in Kettering town centre, which are run by students with learning difficulties.

Sara Lambert, a teacher at the school, said she was overwhelmed to have taken the choice prize, adding: “I am very, very proud of the students and their achievements, because they make the shop and the salon.

“They really do deserve this. We are always commended on how approachable and smiley our students are.”

Students Shannon Faulkner and Thomas Cooke, who helped collect the prize, said they were delighted to have been recognised.

Verity Edwin-Camp, part of the Young Minds Charity who now volunteers for Anxiety UK, won the young achiever award. The 19-year-old from Northampton has appeared on national television to talk about mental health problems and also makes and sells bracelets in her spare time - with funds raised going to Anxiety UK.

The care in the community prize went to nine-year-old Nadine Green, also from Northampton, who looks after her poorly mum Michelle by cleaning and cooking for her once she gets home from school. She is also best friends with 15-year-old Shannon Evans, who has a disability and struggled before meeting Nadine.

Ben Cowling, 19, won in the inspire a generation category for undertaking more than 1,000 hours of volunteering. Ben, from Raunds, has run sports sessions for students lacking in confidence and also helped coach disabled youngsters.

The hard work and determination prize was presented to Katrina Baker from Macy’s Memory. The fund was set up in memory of her daughter Macy, who died in 2008, and raises money for the special care baby unit at Kettering Hospital.

Niamh’s Next Step, set up by Chris and Sam Curry in memory of their daughter Niamh in the battle against the cancer neuroblastoma, won two awards. The charity took the fundraising prize and the courage award for outstanding bravery.

The Northamptonshire community award was won by Chelsea’s Angels, a charity set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton, who died in 2009 of neuroblastoma.

Gracey Cox, five, from Rushden, picked up the unsung hero award for helping paramedics rescue her dad Matthew fell down the stairs at home.

The volunteer of the year award went to Faiza Khan for her work helping Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the summer reading challenge and encouraging children with their reading.