A mum from Corby has launched an awards ceremony to recognise the efforts of people who have lived through tragedy and the carers who have helped them.
Katrina Baker, of Selsey Road, lost her 22-month-old daughter Macy in March 2008.
Since then Katrina, who has five other children, has been working hard creating a fund called Macy’s Memory to support the families of other terminally ill children.
And now she is trying to raise awareness of the hard work done by parents, siblings, friends and the carers of children with life-limiting illnesses.
Macy was born with the rare condition Trisonomy 13, which meant she had defective heart valves, could not see or hear and had a chronic lung disease.
Doctors did not expect her to live for more than a few weeks.
The awards are called the Shining Stars Of Northants and Katrina says there have already been dozens of nominations in categories which include Young Carer of the Year, Most Supportive Sibling, Young Fundraiser and Most Supportive Friend, among others.
The finals will be held at the Ritz in Desborough from 6.45pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and there is still plenty of time to nominate a friend or loved one.
Katrina said: “We have been getting lots of nominations through Facebook and we’ve probably had about 100 already – although some of those will be for the same person more than once.
“The inspiration for the awards was Macy herself really.
“She was severely disabled when she was born and in the 22 months she was with us there were a lot of people in and out of the house, like friends and carers, and some of those we never had the opportunity to thank.
“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.”
Katrina said she and a friend who is also a trustee of Macy’s Memory have done the lion’s share of the work in organising the event so far.
She added: “I’ve never done anything like this before but people have been really helpful.
“We have already had a number of tables booked and a lot of companies have come forward to help sponsor the night. People are free to get in touch on our Facebook page to find out more.”
For more information about Macy’s Memory, visit www.facebook.com/macysmemory.
For more information about the Shining Stars of Northants awards, including a link to the nomination page, visit www.facebook.com/ShiningStarsOfNorthants.