A new group of Shining Stars have been recognised for coping with loss and living with special needs.
The Shining Stars Awards took place at the Masonic Hall in Rockingham Road, Corby, on May 16.
The awards are in their second year and were created by Corby woman Katrina Baker, founder of the charity Macy’s Memory.
Katrina set up the charity in 2012 after she lost her 22-month-old daughter Macy to a rare genetic condition.
There were more than a dozen categories of awards, including recognising the efforts and achievements of inspirational family members, young carers and individuals living with special needs.
Katrina said: “It was brilliant, everybody was happy and the venue was absolutely fantastic.”
There were 17 winners in total at the awards night, which is held close to the date of Macy’s birthday, and was a sell-out with 200 people there.
While the evening can be upsetting to see other families going through the same as Katrina and her family went through with Macy, she added: “The whole charity thing keeps me going.
“The reason I do it is so I have got something to do in the run-up to Macy’s birthday.”
Katrina said she thinks Macy would be proud of what they are doing if she was alive today, and added: “It’s helping families in exactly the same position as we have been in.
“We try to make sure there is a little bit of help so they are not worried about where the money is coming from.”
Katrina said the event had received support and sponsorship from numerous organisations and businesses, including Asda, Devine Betty, Gracious and the Lilypad Spa in Corby.
Young singer Chloe Paul from Corby also showed her support by singing during the evening.
Money raised by the awards night goes directly back to Macy’s Memory.
The event raised about £2,000, which will help cover the costs of four applications received by the charity.
The charity aims to help families with terminally ill children and uses its funds for last wish UK holidays and sensory items, among others.
For more information visit www.theshiningstarsawards.com.
The winners from the evening were:
Young Carer - Devonte Dhlakama
Young fundraiser - Vicki-Louise Sherwin
Sibling - Gemma Finnegan
Friend - Michelle Stanton
NHS - Kettering Special Care Baby Unit
Adversity - Kayleigh Douglas
Special needs - Robert Warrener
Organisation with star quality - The Compassionate Friends
Fundraiser of the year - Dennis Binks
Inspirational dad - Paul Skully Sloan
Inspirational mum - Zoe Mcdonald
Supportive grandparent - Margaret Jeans
Inspirational daughter - Farah Mills
Inspirational son - Logan Barton
Macy’s special star - Sofy Denton and James Rodger
Junior shining star 2015 - Vicki-Louise Sherwin
The shining star of 2015 - Gemma Finnegan