Breast cancer awareness charity Crazy Hats took the honours at the annual Pride in Northamptonshire awards.
The charity, run by Glennis Hooper and a team of supporters, won the Wicksteed Park Choice Awards at the ceremony which showcases the tremendous work of charities, organisations and individuals across the county.
The awards, backed by the Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Northants Telegraph and the Daventry Express, are sponsored by Costa, along with associate sponsors, Wilson Browne Solicitors.
More than 300 people attended the event to see honours handed out in 10 categories.
The Inspire A Generation Award, sponsored by Western Power Distribution, was one by Charlie Botting and Vicki Louise Sherwin, for their great success with their Singing For Lakelands’ concerts at the hospice in Corby. The concerts raise money for the hospice and have had celebrity guests in the audience, including Brendan Coyle, from Downton Abbey.
The Volunteer of the Year award, sponsored by this newspaper, was won by the volunteers from Homestart in Wellingborough and District. Volunteers there help make food, help out at the groups and give support to families.
The Northamptonshire Community Award, sponsored by Wilson Browne Solicitors, recognises those who make a significant contribution to their community. The winner was Team Phoenix, who give their time to help others in a modest and supporting way.
The Care in the Community Award, sponsored by B&M Carehome in Northampton, highlights individuals who have shown incredible patience and understanding, often for many years, caring or supporting a friend or loved one. The winner was Crazy Hats, which this year hit the milestone of £2.5 million raised.
The Young Achievers Award, sponsored by Livingstone Moore Interiors, Kitchens and Bathrooms, recognises someone under 21 who has made their mark on society. The winner was Emma Hayes, who saved the life of a fellow pupil when he started to choke during a lunch break at Boughton Primary School.
The Service With A Smile Award, sponsored by Market Harborough Building Society, showcases teams who go that extra mile with regards to customer service. The winners were the members of staff from the restaurant at Kettering Park Hotel.
The Award For Hard Work And Determination, sponsored by B&M Care Home in Kettering, was won by EquATA, a charity helping people with autism, supporting individuals and their families through a variety of different therapies and activities.
The Fundraiser of the Year Award, sponsored by Stanair, was won by Niamh’s Next Step, which was founded by parents Samantha and Chris Curry after the loss of their daughter, Niamh when she was five years old to Neuroblastoma. They now raise money and awareness for the condition.
The Courage Award, sponsored by Waitrose Home and Food, was won by the Wear Yellow For Seth campaign. Seth’s parents launched a social media campaign to encourage people around the world to wear yellow to recognise Seth’s condition. Seth has no immune system and has to be kept in sterile, germ-free isolation from the outside world.
The Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Costa, was won by Laura Price, the secretary of the Spectrum Club which is a parent-led group for children with ASD. She is also a face-to-face volunteer and offers round-the-clock advice.