Helping those who help the community
The Brewer's Fayre Local Heroes scheme is now in its third year and awards bursaries of up to £1000 for people in the local community who work hard to help others and deserve some financial help.
In the last three years, Brewer's Fayre has awarded £30,000 to good causes.
Hinckley local Joanne Kavanagh rewarded by the Marina Brewers Fayre
Following a nationwide search for Britain's Local Heroes, Joanne Kavanagh from Hinckley was selected by The Marina Brewers Fayre to receive a £500 bursary to support her voluntary work as an art therapist.
Joanne was nominated by her husband, Paul Kavanagh, because of her voluntary work teaching art therapy to those who suffer from depression and anxiety. Joanne has been running the classes since she saw the benefit it provided her own family many years ago. She plans to use the bursary to help expand her classes, enabling more people to take part.
Paul commented: "When I read about the campaign I immediately thought of Joanne. She gives so much of her time to helping people who cannot afford art therapy and helping people overcome depression and anxiety. I couldn't think of a more deserving person."
When she found out she won, Joanne commented: "I started to teach after my whole family were in a very serious house fire; they all went through therapy. I saw how much it helped, and it inspired me to use my counselling qualifications to help.”
Emma Price, Marketing Manager of Brewers Fayre, said: “It is a pleasure to award this bursary to Joanne. She provides a really valuable experience for people in the Hinckley area. She is a true hero in our eyes and we hope this money will help her continue her hard work.”