Opinion: Community heroes make us proud

Pride in Northamptonshire courage award winner Jordan Hutchison, 11, from Corby
Pride in Northamptonshire courage award winner Jordan Hutchison, 11, from Corby

The emotion of pride is defined as being 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.

In keeping with this definition, those groups or individuals who won or were nominated for a Pride in Northamptonshire award should be incredibly proud of themselves.

It is always an honour to attend this annual event and to recognise, in just a small way, the incredible amount of selfless work being done across the county by so many people.

Fundraisers, carers and those who have shown great bravery or courage were honoured at the awards.

But they are just the tip of the iceberg.

In these days of ever dwindling council and health service budgets, more and more people are giving their time, and money, to help the communities in which they live.

We should be thankful that they do.

More public service cuts are likely in the years to come, and it is an unfortunate fact of life that volunteers and voluntary work will become ever more important.

There were many genuinely moving moments during the Pride in Northamptonshire Awards at Wickteed Park on Friday night.

We at Northamptonshire Newspapers admire all our winners and nominees, and are delighted to share their achievements with the wider community.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT