Still time to nominate for the Spirit of Corby Awards

Last year's overall winner Jean Devenney
Last year's overall winner Jean Devenney

Nominations are still being accepted in the search to find the people who show the true spirit of Corby.

Corby Council is preparing for the 2015 Spirit of Corby Awards and is urging people to get their nominations in to make it the best one yet.

The Spirit of Corby Awards are the borough’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.

The year before was Rik Allanson, who puts many hours into keeping Corby’s woodlands a safe and tidy place for residents to enjoy.

A spokesman for the council said: “If you think you know someone who has made a difference in your community, for the community, or has done something they should be proud of then let’s celebrate it by nominating.

“Please make sure you give us as much information as possible, no reason is too big or small and every little bit of detail helps our voting panel to decide who truly deserves to be put forward to the voting stages.”

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.

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, 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.