Picture gallery: Spirit of Corby Awards

Winner of the Spirit of Corby Award Liam Duncan, 10, with sister Shona, 15, and dad Andy
Winner of the Spirit of Corby Award Liam Duncan, 10, with sister Shona, 15, and dad Andy

Youngster Liam Duncan, who raised money for Kettering General Hospital after his mum died of bowel cancer, was announced as the 2015 Spirit of Corby winner at Corby Council’s awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Ten-year-old 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.

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

Liam’s dad Andy said: “The care provided at the Centenary Wing was fantastic and we wanted to do something to say thank you as a family.

“Liam did his amazing event at school and we also asked for all donations instead of flowers at Catherine’s funeral, which meant that we have raised £3,000 for the wing.”

Local dignitaries who attended the event included Corby mayor Peter McEwan and High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Dr Ahmed Mukhtar.

The evening, at the Core at Corby Cube, also saw entertainment from the International Orchestra.

Corby Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie said: “Again the Spirit of Corby Awards was an incredible night.

“Every year we take so much pride from listening to the nominees’ achievements and how they make a difference to people in the borough.

“It really is one of those occasions where we see the true spirit of Corby.

“More than 7,500 votes were cast this year for our nominees and I think they should all be very proud whether they were winners or not.”

The Community Spirit Award was given to The Jam Team, who work every night on every day of the year on the streets of Corby to divert young people from anti-social behaviour and crime.

Picking up the Club Spirit Award was Corby Netball Club, which has expanded its membership to 85 people and competes in a number of local and regional events.

Former world championship Irish dancer Kevin Costello was given the Creative Spirit Award after some of the students he teaches attended world championship events and achieved good grades.

The Environmental Spirit Award was given to 90-year-old Bernard Betts who gives up his time to help with planting and weeding at Coronation Park, and is an inspiration to young offenders.

Winners of the Education Spirit Award were a group of three local mums called Youthie, who volunteer to help people aged 11 to 17 gain experience and find jobs.

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