Nominate your Shining Stars of Northamptonshire

Winners of the Shining Stars of Northants 2014 Awards
Winners of the Shining Stars of Northants 2014 Awards

An awards ceremony which aims to celebrate the hard and unsung work done by people who help those with special needs, or those who have lost a loved one, is being held for the second time.

The Shining Stars of Northamptonshire has been organised by Katrina Baker, who set up the charity Macy’s Memory in 2012 after she lost her 22-month-old daughter Macy to a rare genetic condition.

The awards were held for the first time last year and are returning on May 16 at Corby’s Masonic Hall in Rockingham Road.

Katrina said last year’s event was a big success and she is hoping to repeat that again this time around.

She added: “Last year we raised about £2,600 from the event, but it wasn’t about that, it was about paying tribute to all the hard work that goes on and about saying thank you to people for that.

“There has already been an amazing response and we have had about 150 nominations so far.

“A lot of them are in the Kettering and Corby area but we have had others from Northampton and Daventry as well.”

There are a total of 14 categories to nominate people for.

They include inspirational mum, dad, daughter and son. Most supportive friend and grandparent, individual living with special needs, individual overcoming adversity, most inspirational healthcare professional, business or organisation with star quality and both fundraiser and junior fundraiser of the year.

There are two ways to nominate people, either by visiting and filling in the online form or going on Facebook.

Katrina said: “We are also looking for sponsors for the evening to get in touch with us.

“We had a lot of support from businesses last year and some of them have said immediately that they want to be involved again this year, which is fantastic.

“We are a very small charity, there are only three people involved including myself, so any help we get like that from businesses is really appreciated.”