OPINION: Admiration and inspiration

Telegraph editor Neil Pickford, right, at this year's Pride in Northamptonshire awards
Telegraph editor Neil Pickford, right, at this year's Pride in Northamptonshire awards
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Pride is defined in the Oxford English Dictinoary as “a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired”.

Over the past seven days I have been fortunate to come into contact with and learn more about a large number of people from this county who should undoubtedly take great satisfaction from their achievements, and whose work I admire.

Judging the Kettering Sports Awards gave an insight into the large number of talented and dedicated individuals who are regularly giving their time and effort to give huge numbers of children and adults opportunities they would not otherwise get.

Hosting our own Pride in Northamptonshire Awards the same day showed how much is being done in society by so many without any thought of reward.

The Pride in Northamptonshire Awards night is always humbling, emotional and inspirational.

Finally, on Tuesday, I had the honour of presenting one of the trophies at the annual Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards ceremony.

This is another inspirational event, rightly rewarding just some of those who go far above and beyond the call of duty to help others.

The winners, runners-up and other entrants in all three awards schemes are just a small proportion of the selfless thousands doing such great work in our county.

We owe them a huge debt.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT