Dylan Rees with his winning trophy design

Dylan’s design wows award judges

The design of the trophy for this year’s Kent Mental Wellbeing Awards has been revealed.

An illustration by Dylan Rees, 13, of The Whitstable School has been transformed into the nine inch trophy and cut out of sustainable bamboo using state-of-the-art equipment by Dover-based Cactus Graphics.

The student was invited along to Cactus Graphics to see the trophies coming off the production line and was presented with a copy of his creation by director Richard Archer. You can see Dylan’s reaction in the video below.

Judges for the annual awards event have reported a 50 per cent increase in the number of nominations compared to the previous event, with a month still available to submit nominations before the closing date of noon on 1 September.

The event has three themes: kindness and compassion, wellbeing and mental health. Nominations are accepted from the following sectors: schools and education, business, charity, community, govertnment and NHS, armed forces and veterans, seniors, ethnic minorities, volunteering.

The event is sponsored by a range of organisations including Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent Community Foundation, ADM Computing, Grain LNG, CommunityAd, Cactus Graphics and Hempstead House country hotel.

To submit a nomination visit: www.kentmentalwellbeingawards.org.uk