A businesswoman from Fareham has won two national accolades for her work in inspiring young children.
Louise Richardson, owner of The Creation Station Fareham, was runner-up in the best can-do attitude award.
This goes to someone who can demonstrate their perseverance and positive attitude despite facing a range of challenges.
She was also awarded a bronze pin for inspiring 1,000 children last year.
The same award also went to Fiona Burn, who runs a franchise in Southsea.
Louise’s employee, Melanie Anstee, won the award for best member of staff for her patient work with a couple of children in Fareham.
Louise said: ‘To get the bronze pin was amazing, that’s why I’m doing it – to inspire children.
‘It gives them such a sense of achievement when they’ve made something.
‘The pride in their faces is just amazing.’
The national Creation Station franchise awards were announced at the annual conference in Birmingham on Saturday.
The day provided all franchise owners with the opportunity to network, and discover new developments, innovations and product launches.
The Creation Station run art and craft activity sessions for children, including baby and toddler classes, after-school clubs and weekend family fun sessions.
The classes are designed to inspire children’s imaginations by allowing them the chance to explore and discover as they use a range of craft materials to make pieces of artwork.
They also provide craft activities at events and run Arty Party entertainment for children’s birthday parties.
‘The Creation Station network make such positive contributions to their local community and support local children and families to be creative and have fun together,’ said Sarah Cressall, founder and managing director.
Louise is running a free winter-themed arts and crafts activities at Port Solent as part of the half-term Kids Club on Thursday, February 18 from 11am-4pm.