When it comes to spirit you can’t beat 92-year-old Arthur Tester – better known as the Can Man. And now his energy and enthusiasm have been recognised with two awards.
Mr Tester, of Vian Way, Corby, was honoured at the Spirit of Corby Awards 2012 ceremony at The Core theatre on Tuesday night when he received the Environmental Spirit Award and also won the overall Spirit of Corby Award.
Mr Tester, a widower who lost his wife Marion two years ago, is active in the Lodge Park community, collecting drink cans from residents to raise money for charities which help street children in Peru where his grandson Paul works as a missionary. So far he has raised more than £5,000.
After receiving his awards he said: “I’m overwhelmed.
“I feel like Mo Farah. I’ve been collecting cans for about 10 years because I know that if I want to keep living, I have to stay active. My wife would be very proud of these awards.”
Mr Tester doesn’t have a machine to crush the cans but uses foot power to do the job. He said: “I do them 300 at a time and spread them out on the garage floor. I do half with my right foot and half with my leg foot. It’s just like exercise.”
Rosemary Saunders received the Club Spirit Award for running Corby Sport Dimensions, an activity day camp for five to 15-year-olds.
She said: “This award will be an inspiration to all my young camp leaders.”
Organisers of Weldonfest received the Creative Spirit Award after raising £60,000 for charity with the one-day music event in six years. Jim Darrah, one of the organisers said: “It’s the people of Corby who support the event who deserve praise.”
Other winners on the night were Carol Copeland (Educational Spirit Award), Callum Reilly (The Jimmy Kane Young Spirit Award) and Doreen Hunter (The Community Spirit Award). Special recognition awards went to Chief Inspector Gary Williams and Corby’s young MP and champion volunteer Megan Sherlock.