Opinion: Katrina is one of our shining stars

The winners of this year's Shining Stars of Northants Awards
The winners of this year's Shining Stars of Northants Awards

The Telegraph has this week devoted two pages to a new awards ceremony that we hope continues to thrive and prosper.

The Shining Stars of Northamptonshire was the brainchild of Katrina Baker, the founder of the Macys Memory charity set up after she lost her beloved daughter Macy.

It is a registered charity that helps families of terminally ill children across a huge area, and asks for nothing in return.

As a result, Katrina knows the incredible amount of good being done across the region and set up the new awards to recognise and honour those who do such great work quietly and without asking for reward.

Sadly, I could not be there myself but was honoured to have been asked to take part in the early stages of the judging process.

Sifting through the dozens of entries and reading the incredibly emotional stories of those who have faced – and tackled – adversity was so inspiring.

It is hard to put into words what so many people across our county go through day in, day out.

Which is why Katrina and her team of helpers are so deserving of recognition.

Nobody can bring back a lost child or parent, or change the hand which some of us are dealt.

But there is strength to be gained by simply offering a shoulder to cry on or sharing the burden.

Congratulations Katrina, you are a shining star yourself.

Neil Pickford, Editor