Lakelands Hospice have benefitted once again from the generosity of ballroom dance fans in Corby.

Text voting and donations on the night saw more than £66,000 raised for Lakelands from the "Strictly Corby" event, which saw ten couples featuring local people taking to the floor publically for the first time.

The event was livestreamed on corbyradio.com and reported on live on the station on Friday evening.

Corby Radio is saying "thank you" to both the public and to organisers of a charitable scheme.

It's after confirmation your community station has been granted £3,000 from the Tesco "Bags of Help" scheme that was run with the cause Groundwork.

Shoppers in Tesco stores across Corby and in neighbouring towns where asked to place blue tokens with one of three causes to decide how much each should receive. Support for the station means it can now invest in new equipment for its free-of-charge radio academy for teenagers.

The funds come from Tesco's 5 pence charge for carrier bags.

Community Spirit Award (Sponsored by Northamptonshire Police) Father Gerard Byrne - fundraising for Lakelands Hospice and regional Air Ambulance.

Club Spirit Award (Sponsored by Quantum Print) Nicola Pell - voluntary work for homelessness cause Corby Nightlight.

Environmental Spirit Award Cyril Sellars - voluntary work for the Friends of Coronation Park group.

Creative Spirit Award James Hanson - running weekly "jam night" for youngsters at Corby Ex-Servicemens Club.

Education Spirit Award (Sponsored by Spirit Hyundai) Katie Read - work for mental health charity STAGES.

Young Spirit Award (sponsored by Savoy Cinemas) Harry Glass, Liam Meney, Adam O’Neill and Ryan McAuley - helped person who badly fell during "Storm Doris".

Overall Winner – Cyril Sellars

Special Recognition Award for this year’s youngest nominee Chloe Kelly South - the 7-year-old has helped parent with diabetes condition.

Corby's at-risk patients are being urged to get the flu jab by local GP's.

A series of Saturday morning clinics to dispense the vaccine will continue through to the end of October.

In their appeal for people to take up the service, GPs have said that the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, and that certain groups need the protection against what can be a serious illness.

The immediate groups who qualify are those aged 65 years or over, live in a residential or nursing home, have a learning disability, live with someone who is immuno-compromised, are the main carer of an older or disabled person or who are are pregnant.

Children will be getting the vaccine either as a nasal spray at their GP surgery or at school depending on their school year.

Lakeside Healthcare, The Studfall Partnership, Woodsend Medical Centre and Great Oakley Centre are the main surgeries who are offering the clinics through an appointment system.

NHS Corby have today ( Sep 20 ) confirmed they have reached a deal with the operator of the Corby Urgent Care Centre to keep the centre open.

In a statement, the clinical commissioning group for the area say the deal will keep the centre going beyond an original contract deadline of September the 30th - through to March 2019.

However both parties can give only four months notice to terminate the contract if needs be before that date. 

The statement adds that "both parties are seeking a period of stability to enable further consultation with staff, patients and the public about the future shape of services locally".

The news has been welcomed by the MP for Corby who last week handed in a petition about the Urgent Care Centre at Parliament, that was compiled by independent campaign group "Save Our UCC".