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Last year's Spirit of Corby winners
Last year's Spirit of Corby winners

The search is under way once again to find people who bring something special to life in Corby.

Corby Council has launched the 2016 Spirit of Corby Awards – the borough’s annual celebration of everything that is good about Corby, its community and the amazing spirit of the people that make it so special.

The 2015 overall Spirit of Corby Award winner, Liam Duncan

The 2015 overall Spirit of Corby Award winner, Liam Duncan

Each year the awards highlight the great contribution its residents make to the town and the special talents they have.

Last year’s overall winner was young Liam Duncan, who raised money for Kettering General Hospital after his mum died of bowel cancer.

Liam came up with the idea of a themed day his St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, which held a pink day to raise money for the Centenary Wing where his mum, Catherine, was treated.

His work saw a fantastic £3,000 donated to the hospital to help it pay for new equipment.

Mayor of Corby Peter McEwan said: “The Spirit of Corby Awards just go to show that you can do something in your community that you think is small; like picking up litter, helping a neighbour, contributing to a club or simply inspiring someone through your actions, but to someone else this could make a huge difference to them.

“It is truly the people in Corby that makes the borough so special and so please help us celebrate them by nominating someone for this year’s awards.”

People can submit their nominations by filling out a form on the website from Wednesday, May 11, or by picking up a form from the helpdesk on the ground floor of the Corby Cube from the same day.

Last year’s winners are not eligible to be nominated for the same award again and the deadline to submit nominations is 5pm on Monday, August 8.

The categories are:

The Young Spirit of Corby Award – sponsored by Savoy Cinemas

Nominate a young Corby resident (under 25) who has made a contribution to their local community, is an example to their friends, may have excelled in music, education, sport or has perhaps overcome adversity to show the real Spirit of Corby.

Club Spirit Award

Nominate an individual who has contributed towards a local club or society, such as sporting, social or voluntary groups, or nominate for the whole club or group for what they bring to the community

Community Spirit Award

An individual or group who has worked towards making their area a safer or stronger community, whether it’s through contributing to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, or simply being an active member of the community who gives time to make a difference in the area.

Creative Spirit Award

Nominate an individual or group who has shown talent or given up time to help develop others in the arts in Corby – music, theatre, art, dance, literature etc. Or who has shown general creativity through arts & crafts such as knitting, painting and handy crafts.

Educational Spirit Award – Sponsored by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education

For an individual or group who has enriched their lives through a commitment to learning, maybe an adult who has returned to education and achieved excellence in their chosen field, or someone young or older who inspires others with their enthusiasm and love for learning.

Environmental Spirit Award

For an individual or group who has worked to protect or improve the natural or built environment, or promoted environmentally responsible attitudes and behaviour e.g recycling, energy saving.

Once all nominations are in, a panel will select a shortlist for each award.

The shortlist will then be announced and people can then vote for their winners.

The winners will be announced at the awards night on Thursday, September 8, at The Core at Corby Cube.