FHT announces winners of first Excellence in Practice awards
Three Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) members have been awarded at the association's first Excellence in Practice awards. The winners are: Rachel Glanville-Davey from Bristol; Maria Mason, owner of Beauty Time salon, also in Bristol, and Claire Owens from the Wirral. Launched this year, the awards aim to recognise outstanding work being carried out by FHT members, who practice in the fields of complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapy. Glanville-Davey has been a practising complementary therapist for 15 years. She set up a project in conjunction with Bosom Buddies and her local hospital to provide free and discounted complementary therapy sessions to women with breast cancer in the Bristol area. Rachel later expanded her support services to include a workshop on how to manage and prevent lymphoedema. Mason, a three-time Professional Beauty Awards winner, has a reputation for excellent standards, creative marketing, and customer care and was also recognised by the FHT for how well she ensures her team of therapists are inspired, skilled and knowledgeable. Mason also regularly supports her local community through different projects at the salon, and has raised thousands of pounds for charities. Owens has introduced a wellbeing programme into 15 schools in the Wirral. By using a combination of technology and complementary therapy techniques, Claire teaches pupils how to manage stress and anxiety more effectively, helping to improve productivity in the classroom and reduce low self-esteem and absenteeism. She also trains school staff and sixth form students behaviour management strategies. Owens said: 'This award is such a fabulous achievement, not only for me but all the people who have shared my journey over the past few years and given me the opportunities to take this project into the mainstream.' Jennifer Wayte, President of the FHT and one of the awards judges, will be visiting all three winners at their place of work to present them with an award, certificate and £500 cheque, and meet some of the clients who have benefited from their therapy services. Wayte said: 'For almost 50 years, FHT members have been diligently addressing the needs of their clients, helping to support and improve their health and wellbeing. 'As well as celebrating the considerable talent and expertise of three deserving members, we hope the new FHT awards will also serve to promote good practice and inspire other therapists.' Picture: Jennifer Wayte, president of FHT (left), presented the award to Claire Owens, MFHT, alongside Pamela Jones, curriculum coordinator at The Mosslands School, Wirral, and Owens's mentor