Spirit of Corby winner urges people to nominate those who make a difference for others

Jean Devenney
Jean Devenney

The winner of last year’s Spirit of Corby award is urging others to get involved and nominate those who make a difference and go the extra mile for others.

Nominations are still open for the 2015 Spirit of Corby Awards and it is hoped that this year’s awards will be the best one yet.

The Spirit of Corby Awards are Corby Council’s annual celebration of everything good about Corby, its community and the spirit of the people that make it so special.

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

The awards are also a way of thanking the unsung heroes in the community who go above and beyond.

Last year’s overall Spirit of Corby winner was Jean Devenney for her voluntary work at Lakelands Day Care Hospice, spending hours teaching and encouraging patients, fellow volunteers and staff the arts of sewing, design, jewellery making, and painting while creating masses of handmade items for fundraisers to sell to ensure much needed money goes back into the hospice.

Speaking nearly 12 months on since she won, Jean said: “When I had already had the surprise of winning the creative spirit award, I just couldn’t believe it when I became the 2014 overall spirit winner as well.

“I absolutely love what I do, and getting that unexpected positive recognition gave me a real confidence boost.

“Even now, I still bump into people out and about who congratulate me on my awards.

“I would encourage anyone who knows someone who does something special to nominate as I couldn’t be more thankful towards my family who nominated me, not to mention all of those people who voted.

“Winning my Spirit of Corby awards really did make my year.”

The categories are the Young Spirit of Corby Award sponsored by Savoy Cinemas, Club Spirit Award sponsored by RBW, Community Spirit Award sponsored by Northamptonshire Police, Creative Spirit Award sponsored by Quantum Print, Educational Spirit Award sponsored by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education and the Environmental Spirit Award.

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said: “The Spirit of Corby Awards is the perfect chance to highlight the efforts of certain people in the borough, the ones who go above and beyond for the good of the community.

“A different individual or group wins each year and we know that there are lots more people out there who deserve the recognition, which is why getting those nomination forms in is so important.

“With only just over a month left, why not get online now and send us your nomination?”

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

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

The overall Spirit of Corby Award will be chosen by an independent panel from the winners of the other categories.

The winners will be announced at the awards night being held on Tuesday, September 22, at The Core.

Nominations can be submitted by filling out a form at www.corby.gov.uk/spiritofcorby, or by picking up a form from the help desk on the ground floor of the Corby Cube, Corby East Midlands International Pool, Lodge Park Sports Centre, East Carlton Last year’s winners are not eligible to be nominated for the same award again and the deadline to submit your nominations is 5pm on Monday, August 24.