GALLERY: Outstanding citizens are awarded in a presentation at Whittlesey
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A young woman who raised thousands of pounds for charity after being diagnosed with cancer has become the first person to be awarded posthumously at the Whittlesey Citizen of the Year awards.
Shannon Corr died last year and was remembered during the ceremony for her work raising awareness and funds for three charities.
Town Mayor, Councillor David Mason, said: “It is a fitting tribute for a young lady who was well known and liked locally.
“In spite of being ill herself she did a lot for others. She dedicated her life to raising money bringing in more than £10,000 for cancer charities.
“Sadly she was too ill to follow her dream of going to university but she worked as a teaching assistant at Park Lane primary school where she was popular among the children and staff.
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“The award was presented to her parents as a memory of her amazing contribution.”
Shannon was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, at the age of 14 and had to have her leg amputated.
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In spite of suffering herself she was determined to help others and became an avid fund raiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Bone Cancer Research Trust and My Blue Heart, a bereavement support group.
Shannon was nominated by the public and was chosen as Citizen of the Year by a panel of three councillors.
Certificates or recognition were also presented to Darcie Tegerdine, Finley Coulson and Averi Cosstick.
Also recognised were policemen who arrested a man during a violent domestic dispute which resulted in the man being jailed for six years.
Alan Powe, 47, beat his partner in an unprovoked and frenzied attack and dragged her over a wall before stabbing a police car with a 14 inch knife.
He was jailed at Peterborough Crown Court last month.
During the same presentation evening Cllr Mason presented charity cheques for £1,000 each to the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough, the Whittlesey Emergency Food Aid project and the Whittlesey branch of the Royal British Legion.