WinterFest founder Alix gains Pride of Tendring Award
We’re delighted to report that WinterFest founder Alix Sheppard has been recognised for her fundraising and awareness-raising efforts with a Pride of Tendring Award.
The local ‘New Year’s Honour’ award was made in recognition of Alix’s work in raising awareness of mental health issues and raising funds – through WinterFest – for mental health charity Mid & North Essex Mind.
Public health specialist Alix started WinterFest in 2015 after her partner, local musician Joe Keighley, took his own life after a long battle with depression. The first WinterFest was organised in Joe’s memory and, from small beginnings, the February event has grown to involve thousands of people who take part in concerts, spoken word events, arts and crafts and more.
According to the organisers of the awards, Tendring District Council: ” In addition to raising funds for Mind, Winterfest aims to give people an opportunity to get out, meet new people and try new things in the middle of winter. There is plenty of evidence to suggest how getting involved in community events and participating in arts and music can contribute to better mental health. Winterfest shows what can happen when a community comes together.”
Alix’s award is one of 17 made following recommendations from local councillors. Council chairman Mark Platt said: “This is our opportunity to honour some of those who do so much for others. Many have been giving time and effort over many years, benefiting the most vulnerable people in community. The award winners are truly amazing people who do not look for any reward for their actions.”