Charities and a local history group were among the winners at the Northamptonshire Community Foundation annual awards last night.
Twenty-two groups from across the county were up for an award across six categories and, in memory of Lady Juliet Townsend, past patron of the foundation, her husband John presented a special award for volunteering.
Lady Juliet was instrumental in helping to establish and grow the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
The eight nominations highlighted the outstanding commitment, passion and energy given by the volunteers and their value to the community groups they support.
The winner of the volunteering award, June Clay, has been a volunteer at Northamptonshire Carers Centre in Wellingborough for more than 15 years.
Performances by the Serbian Ensemble St Eliah Corby and Liberty Drum Corps entertained the guests who saw the winners take to the stage, including the Higham Ferrers World War One History Group, Accommodation Concern, Kettering, and solvent abuse charity Solve It, also based in Kettering.
The University of Northampton sponsored the event for the third year.
Other judges included David Summers, Editor of the Northants Telegraph, Chris Knight of Hewitsons, Ian Tansley of Rathbones Investment, Mark Mulvey of Hevey Building Supplies, Morcea Walker from the Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium, NCF trustee Sally Robinson and High Sheriff Dr Ahmed Mukhtar.
Health & Wellbeing Award
Winner: Pink Rooster, Northampton
Tackling Disadvantage & Exclusion Award
Winner: Accommodation Concern, Kettering
Education & Skills Award
Winner: Brookside Community Hall, Northampton
Arts, Culture & Heritage Award
Winner: Higham Ferrers World War One History Group
High Sheriff Initiative
Winner: Solve It, Kettering
The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering
Winner: June Clay, a volunteer at Northamptonshire Carers Centre, Wellingborough