Unsung heroes were honoured at the Spirit of Corby Awards tonight (Tuesday, August 28) during a ceremony at The Core theatre in the town.
The awards, organised by Corby Council, are held to celebrate those who show Corby’s true spirit by working tirelessly to make the town a better place.
After a buffet attended by nominees and guests the winners were announced, with Arthur Tester, known locally as The Can Man, picking up the overall Spirit of Corby award.
Rosemary Saunders received the Club Spirit Award for running Corby Sport Dimensions, an activity day camp which operates throughout school holidays for five to 15-year-olds.
She also provides many opportunities for teenage residents to become young leaders at the camp which involves them helping out with the planning and taking part in the activities. If anybody struggles to pay for the camp she will do as much as she can to help them fund it.
The Community Spirit Award went to Doreen Hunter for her work at Corby Women’s Refuge. For several years she has helped many women, who have been victims of domestic abuse, resettle into life with their families.
Organisers of Weldonfest received the Creative Spirit Award. The not-for-profit day of music performed by local bands has raised £60,000 for charities and good causes in the past six years.
The Educational Spirit Award was presented to Carol Copeland who has worked tirelessly over many years to protect the youth of Corby, supporting and training them through difficult times. Based at the Connaughty Centre, she provides training and educational opportunities for Corby’s young people.
The Environmental Spirit Award was presented to Arthur Tester, who also won the overall Spirit of Corby Award. Despite being in his 90s, Mr Tester remains active in the Lodge Park community, collecting drink cans from residents and also doing his own litter-collecting and leaf-picking in the area.
He crushes the cans in his garage and has them collected to raise money for charities, and has so far raised more than £5,000 for charity.
The Jimmy Kane Young Spirit Award was presented to Callum Reilly who is not only an excellent student at Lodge Park Technology College, Corby, but is a a star performer and a team player.
Callum has worked enthusiastically in the arts as an actor, singer, compere and musician, contributing to the success of several productions at the school.