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Daventry’s shining stars take to the red carpet

Posted: 23/12/14 by Futures Housing Group

Some of Daventry’s unsung heroes and community projects graced the red carpet on Wednesday 10 December as the third annual Star Awards event, organised by Daventry & District Housing (DDH), took place at Daventry Court Hotel.

The awards, which are also supported by DDH’s partner organisations, recognise the exceptional contribution of local residents within the Daventry district. First launched in 2012, the event features six categories that highlight the achievements of young people, volunteers and good neighbours.

Hosted by BBC Radio Northants presenter Martin Heath and attended by over 100 guests, including DDH team members, tenants and MP Chris Heaton-Harris and other local VIPs, the Awards also crowned the DDH Tenant of the Year and celebrated the achievements of the DDH Youth Board.

The full list of finalists and winners were as follows:

Don Bouckley Young Person of the Year

Winner: Collette Smith

Finalists: Jordan Gray and Abigail Newman

Evelyn Bristow Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Mark Bickerstaff

Finalists: Adrian Finch and Jacquie Stone

Environmental Project of the Year

Winner: Cold Ashby Playground

Finalist: The Pirate Ship

Good Neighbour of the Year

Winner: Sandra Warner

Finalists: Joan Carne and Rathia Nettleton

Community Project of the Year

Winner: DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport)

Finalists Daventry & South Northants Community Opportunities and the Happy at Home Project

DDH Tenant of the Year

Winner: Eileen Roberts

Finalists: Bryan Pawley and Hayley Phedon

A panel of judges, made up of representatives from DDH, Lovell, the Daventry Express, Cummins, the Daventry Volunteer Centre, Daventry District Council and, representing Daventry Town Council, the Mayor of Daventry Cllr Ron Fox, shortlisted the finalists and selected the winners.

Continuing the community spirit, a raffle held on the night also saw £360 raised for the Friends of Danetre Hospital.

DDH Resident Involvement Officer, Caroline Godsell, said: “The 2014 Star Awards were a great success and it was wonderful to see so many members of our community coming together to celebrate their achievements.

“All of the nominations were of an extremely high standard which emphasises the quality of the individuals who volunteer within the area. Their dedication and passion is inspirational and it was fantastic to be able to showcase their stories at this event.

“As an organisation we place great value on our local communities and the Star Awards provide the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the work and enthusiasm of the individuals and groups that make such a positive difference in the Daventry district.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: The DDH Youth Board with Chris Heaton-Harris MP

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