Nominate now and help celebrate Corby’s 2020 unsung heroes

Release Date: 
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 11:30


Following a challenging year, Corby Borough Council is excited to announce the launch of the 2021 Spirit of Corby Awards, and whilst its set to be very different to our usual event, it’s still sure to give our unsung heroes the recognition they deserve!


Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Council was forced to cancel the Spirit of Corby Awards for 2020 and sadly will not be able to hold its usual awards evening before April 2021 when the local authority will merge to form a Unitary council with the North of the county. Although we can’t hold our normal awards ceremony where winners are revealed, we still want to celebrate those special residents who go above and beyond for the good of our town and so we will present 2020 winners with their awards right at their own door.


This year, more than ever, we know that there are countless people out there who have shown true community spirit during a time when it’s been most needed and we want to thank them and celebrate them! From today (Tuesday 22nd December) until Friday 29th January 2021, residents will be able to nominate that special someone they know for one of the following 6 categories:


The Young Spirit of Corby Award

Nominate a young Corby resident (under 25) who has made a contribution to their local community, is an example to their friends, may have excelled in music, education, sport or has perhaps overcome adversity to show the real Spirit of Corby.


Club Spirit Award

Nominate an individual who has contributed towards a local club or society, such as sporting, social or voluntary groups, or nominate for the whole club or group for what they bring to the community. Maybe someone has gone above and beyond to keep a group together during lockdown or started a new one to keep people together.


Community Spirit Award

An individual or group who has worked towards making their area a safer or stronger community, whether it’s through contributing to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, or simply being an active member of the community who gives time to make a difference in the area.


Creative Spirit Award

Nominate an individual or group who has shown talent or given up time to help develop others in the arts in Corby – music, theatre, art, dance, literature etc. Or who has shown general creativity through arts & crafts such as knitting, painting and handy crafts. With the arts suffering this year we know that there are so many of you out there that have got creative and inspired others, shared some joy or raised money


Educational Spirit Award

For an individual or group who has enriched their lives through a commitment to learning, maybe an adult who has returned to education and achieved excellence in their chosen field, or someone young or older who inspires others with their enthusiasm and love for learning. Maybe a teacher has gone above and beyond to keep their students engaged during lockdown.


Environmental Spirit Award

For an individual or group who has worked to protect or improve the natural or built environment, or promoted environmentally responsible attitudes and behaviour e.g recycling, energy saving.


Special 2020 Award

As 2020 has been a very unique year we have introduced this one off award for those that have really shown the Spirit of Corby during what has been an incredibly difficult year for many. This is for someone who has made a real contribution to their community throughout 2020, supporting others, being a role model to others, volunteering, etc.


Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:


‘It is of course disappointing that we can’t hold our last ever Spirit of Corby Awards as we normally do however we are still determined to acknowledge the amazing people in our community who contribute so much to life in Corby.


‘We know that so many individuals and groups have done amazing things this year, ensuring that people have what they need during lockdown, keeping people active and making sure they aren’t lonely, ensuring groups and education is still progressing and giving their time so selflessy to help others. We now need the public to make sure these amazing people are recognised and are nominated for the last of Corby Borough Council’s Spirit of Corby Awards’


Nominations can be submitted online here: Spirit of Corby Introduction 2020 - Corby Borough Council - Working together to deliver P.R.I.D.E. in Corby or or can be posted to:

Kimberley Buzzard


Corby Borough Council

Deene House,

New Post Office Square

NN17 1GD


On your nomination please ensure you include the following:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The Nominees name and contact details
  • The category you are nominating someone for
  • Why you are nominating – include as much information as possible

If this information is not included your nomination will not be valid.


The deadline to get your nominations in is 12noon on Friday 29th January. Once all nominations are in, an independent panel will select a shortlist for each award. The shortlist will then be announced and we’ll be asking the public to vote for your winners.


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


The winners will receive an award delivered to them by Corby Borough Council and will be publicised on our website, social media and the media.


For more information please contact Corby Borough Council’s Communications Officer, Kimberley Buzzard on 01536 464022 or email


More Information: 

For press enquiries please contact: Kimberley Buzzard, Corby Borough Council

Telephone: 01536 464022 Mobile: 07875 166970


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