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Woman who set up charity in memory of baby son is crowned overall winner at Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards

PUBLISHED: 22:30 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 22:33 10 October 2017

Courtney Parker wins the overall award at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards evening at the Ivy House.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Courtney Parker wins the overall award at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards evening at the Ivy House. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A woman who set up a charity to help other families after losing her son at just six-weeks-old was crowned the overall winner of this year’s Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards.

Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherStars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

Courtney Parker from Halesworth was presented with the Charity Worker of the Year award at tonight’s ceremony at the Ivy House County Hotel in Oulton Broad for her work setting up The Blayze’ing Star Charity. It aims to raise awareness of the infection which killed her son and pay for pregnant women to be sent home tests to screen for strep B, something not offered on the NHS.

She then went on to be crowned the overall winner and was presented with a £400 holiday voucher.

Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherStars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

Other winners included the Lowestoft RNLI who won Uniform Services of the Year, Beccles swimmer Jordan Catchpole who won Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year and Rob Fawcett representing Parkrun Lowestoft, which picked up Community Group of the Year.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy, who compered the evening, said: “We can’t necessarily make a difference on the world’s stage but we can make a difference where we live and we have seen that in bucket loads tonight.”

Full details of all the winners, photos and reaction from the night will be published on our website tomorrow.

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