Pollyanna Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Peak FM’s annual awards celebrate and recognise the amazing achievements of people across Derbyshire who in some way have made a difference to their local community, shown courage, bravery and helped make the lives of others that little bit better.

Pollyanna was  honoured to be presented with their Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work in both Art and Conservation. She is shown here with her award, and event hosts Stu & Cat from the Peak FM breakfast show.

“I was amazed to be invited on to the stage to collect this award at the end of the evening” Pollyanna said “The stories of so many of the winners of Local Hero awards were so moving and inspiring – and I feel so fortunate to be recognised for doing the work I love and am passionate about.”

The award ceremony was held on June 10th at the Proact Stadium.

Pollyanna’s  award reflects her skills as an artist, which are matched by her passion as a conservationist.  Her drive, vision and talent have lead to her becoming the most published fine artist in the UK, with extensive ranges of  books, prints, cards and gift-ware exported into 83 countries world-wide

She is a champion of environmental conservation; both on the national and international stage, and an indefatigable campaigner for the welfare of endangered, sick and vulnerable creatures.

To ensure the authenticity of her artwork, Pollyanna has undertaken a remarkable series of expeditions to study and paint endangered species in their natural habitats.  She has travelled by dog sled in the High Arctic, camping on the ice at temperatures of -40, canoed through crocodile infested rivers, and been charged by a wild tiger in search of her subjects. She was the first western woman ever to travel into a remote area of the Tibetan borderlands, where she worked in a hospital for sick pandas.

However few people know the remarkable story of personal struggle behind the paintings. Pollyanna was widowed at 36, having nursed her husband through a lengthy terminal illness.  She was left as a single mother to raise her daughter alone, relying solely on her painting to pay the bills.  Pollyanna even refused to allow her traetment for breast cancer over 14 years ago to prevent her from carrying out the work she is most committed to. She has since enjoyed her career with a renewed enthusiasm and ambition.  Following her diagnosis, she established a charitable foundation which has so far raised over £200,000 for conservation and animal welfare internationally.

She is also pleased to support many local organisations has recently accepted the role of Honorary President of the Dronfield Wildlife and Natural History Society.  She is also Honorary Life President – Chesterfield Art Society, patron of North Derbyshire Animal Support and patron of The Friends of the Grand Pavillion in matlock Bath.  A committed conservationist, she regularly gives up her evenings to speak to audiences all over the region about this work.