Philly McKenna, parish Secretary at Our Cathedral in Northampton was honoured today with A Rose of Northamptonshire Award.

The Rose of Northamptonshire Awards were first launched in 2021 by the High Sheriff’s Office, the Lord Lieutenancy, and what was at the time Northamptonshire County Council. The Awards were part of the Unsung Heroes Initiative, looking to identify and express thanks to groups and individuals who worked tirelessly to keep communities safe, and businesses moving, during the global Covid-19 crisis.

Philly received the award for her work with the Good Companions group. The Good Companions is a group of around 50 people who meet together weekly to enjoy each others company. The group has a full diary of activities including outings, exercise, bingo, quizzes, demonstrations and talks from various organisations. We have a number of ‘parties’ throughout the year which include celebration of the National Day of every member of the group. It is open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Philly was presented with the award by Councillor David Smith. On presenting the award he said

“I am privileged to present this award to Philly for over thirty years of work in many groups and although she does not want awards it is well deserved”.

Philly responded by saying that the award was for the whole team who put so much work into organising the groups and serving our community. “We can always do more” she proclaimed following a conversation about the great needs of Northampton town.