Published: 15:00, 29 June 2015
Medway artist Wendy Daws is one of the 100 inspirational people who make Britain a better place to live.
The 46-year-old has made the Independent on Sunday’s annual Happy List, which honours people who improve the lives of others for no personal gain.
Ms Daws was put forward for her work with Kent Association for the Blind (KAB).
She founded the KAB Medway art group, which meets every week and works with various groups in Medway to produce artwork.
Also on the list are fundraisers, campaigners, lifesavers and community stalwarts.
And although the main aim is to reward unsung heroes, an exception has been made for 10 household names who went the extra mile, including Dr Who actor Peter Capaldi, athlete Jo Pavey and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.
Ms Daws said: “I’m completely overwhelmed to be included on the Happy List, it’s very humbling and the people on the list are amazing and doing incredible things.
“I was secretly nominated by Emma Dewhurst of WOW Magazine and I really hope we can make more noise about the hugely valuable work of Kent Association for the Blind.”
The group recently won an Epic award, which mark the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, for exceptional work with disabled people for their graffiti project created with the help of Squirl-Art, Greg Stobbs.
It was on exhibition at Rochester Cathedral and at Sun Pier House in Chatham as part of Medway Open Studios art event.
Ms Daws said: “This is fantastic for the KAB Medway Art Group to be recognised for our amazing achievements, every project is very much a group effort with plotting, planning and approaching venues to host our larger than life ideas. I’m so proud of all us.”
A member of the group, Barbara, 92, said: “I was registered blind in 2006 and through the KAB I was invited to join an art group. This has changed my life, having the opportunity to meet many talented people who have encouraged me to use my tactile senses.”
The group’s work is currently on display at the Royal Engineers Museum, Brompton, until July 13.