Arts And Business Award

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The pioneering partnership between Pendine Park and our talented resident artist claimed a prestigious double at a glittering awards ceremony. Our long-term commitment to the arts was recognized at the annual Arts and Business Awards.

At the glamorous ceremony at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff, Sarah Edwards and Pendine Park Proprietor Mario Kreft were presented with the Arts and Business Award, 2008. There was even more celebration on our table when we were shortlisted for the main prize of the evening, Business of the Year, for which we received a special certificate.

The judges described the work being carried out with the residents at Pendine Park as "truly inspirational". It is believed that Pendine Park was the first nursing home in Wales to employ an artist in residence. Thirteen years on, such a sustained commitment to using art to enrich lives remains unique in the care sector.

Sarah said: "I think art gives the residents a focus away from their illness, it provides escapism and creativity - and something different, "They enjoy the classes and it's a popular activity, I think it enhances their quality of life hugely. "I conduct one-to-one sessions and regular group sessions which definitely raise the spirits of the residents. We also make regular visits to local art galleries".

Mario was equally thrilled that the partnership with Sarah had been given the Arts and Business seal of approval. He said: "Being recognized in this way has given us all at Pendine Park a real sense of pride.