It's Gold for Staff Member Turned Student
Herefordshire and Ludlow College are proud to celebrate the achievements of staff member, Sandra Hughes, who has been awarded a City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence for her work in Creative Techniques. The gold medal was the only one awarded in the country for Interiors and one of only 70 awarded internationally.
Sandra’s reward was a trip to the Lion Awards Ceremony which was held at the stunning Roof Gardens in Kensington, London on Thursday 15th June 2017. The Lion Awards is City & Guilds’ most prestigious annual awards show and acts as the grand finale to the Medals for Excellence programme. The event was hosted by City & Guilds MD, Kirstie Donnelly MBE and the guest speaker was Television Presenter, Louise Minchin, who offered an insight into her own career journey. The awards ceremony was preceded by a drinks reception which was held in the Spanish Garden, followed by a Summer BBQ in the Tudor Garden.
The event is very much a cosmopolitan affair, with medal winners attending from all over the world, this was something that was noted by Sandra who commented, “It hadn’t really registered how international the City & Guilds awards are, being here has brought home that it’s worldwide. I feel very, very privileged to have been nominated and to receive a gold medal. It still hasn’t really sunk in!”
The award is testament to Sandra’s courage and determination and comes at the end of what has been a very challenging period in Sandra’s life. As well as suffering a family bereavement, she was diagnosed with breast cancer just prior to her nomination for the award and had surgery just one day after her work had been exhibited in the College’s Creative Crafts Exhibition. Sandra is quick to acknowledge the role played by the College and the course itself in helping her to cope, “The College has been very supportive and the course has very much been my saviour. I’ve met many women who have also been through what I have and understood exactly how I felt. It’s actually been therapeutic, an absolute positive and it continues to help me with my recovery.”
Course Tutor, Marina Matthews, who also accompanied Sandra to the awards ceremony, summed up Sandra’s achievements, “What Sandra has achieved in the last 12 months has been amazing given all that she has gone through. She is a great asset to the College and an inspiration to others.”
Sandra's work can be viewed at the College's Creative Crafts Exhibition which runs from 4th - 6th July 2017 and is a great opportunity to view superb examples of students work in textiles, furniture making and blacksmithing.