Each year, in association with the Evening Telegraph, radio station Heart FM and coffee giant Costa organise the Pride in Northamptonshire Awards. The event is held in the Pavilion at Wicksteed Park in Kettering. For a couple of months in advance, members of the public throughout the East Midland county can nominate people they believe to be worthy of the various awards. There are several titles to choose from, with Service with a Smile, Young Achiever and Care and the Community being just a few. When we were asked which one we would like to sponsor, we chose Hard Work and Determination, which is something we’re not shy of here at Walls and Floors! Starting 27 years ago in a converted petrol station in the heart of Northamptonshire, we’ve risen to have the leading tile website in the UK.
Our exclusive designer Louisa Charlotte attended the event to present the award. With her, she brought our contribution to the raffle, which was running throughout the night. She’d made a stylish canvas out of a frame and a selection of our Scrabble Wall Tiles. It read, ‘Dream’ – and would look perfect hung on any wall in the house – particularly in the bedroom. Alongside this, we also donated two tickets to Grand Designs Live, which runs from 9th-12th October at the NEC in Birmingham. We also have a stand at the show! These two prizes were very happily received by the raffle winners.
The evening was hosted by Chris Edgerley, of CITV fame. He introduced the sponsors in turn; so that they could each announce their respective winners. When it came to the Hard Work and Dedication award, Louisa was invited on stage and was given the envelope with the winner’s name sealed inside.
The winner was Lorna Stockdale, for her fantastic work relating to hospitals. Once Louisa had awarded her with a trophy, all of the finalists from the category were invited on-stage to receive a certificate, to ensure they all received the recognition they desperately deserved for all of their charitable efforts and unpaid dedication.
At the end, Oliver Wicksteed (descendant of park founder Charles Wicksteed) chose the winner of winners. He chose Maynard Follet – a 90-year-old war veteran from Kettering, who raised £2,000 for Help For Heroes by walking 90 miles around the town. He walked 3 miles each day over the space of 30 days, clocking up a mile for each year of his life. He was awarded his trophy, and then all the winners from throughout the evening joined him on stage to pose for a photograph.
The Pride in Northamptonshire Awards reward the excellent community and charity projects that are going on throughout the county. Not only do they bring the current work to light, but they also prompt others to get involved in helping the community, or in helping to raise funds for charities. We are proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor one of these awards, and to have been there on the night to meet all of these generous, kind and devoted people.
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