A Brant Broughton resident, and long-standing member of an all-female brass band that raises money for breast cancer research, has won a national competition that celebrates local heroes.
Swinton Group, High Street insurance broker, launched a nationwide search as part of its diamond anniversary celebrations to find 10 'diamonds' who make a difference in their local communities.
Sally Thornburn from Brant Broughton, who works in Swinton’s Grantham branch, has won the award for her role as a trombonist in charity brass band ‘Boobs and Brass’. The all-female band, originating from the Midlands, travels the country raising money for breast cancer research and the Ophthalmic Department at Kettering General Hospital.
The cheque presentation took place at Swinton’s Grantham branch where Sally received a £1000 donation for Breast Cancer Now in recognition of her efforts.
She was joined by some of her fellow band members who took part in the celebrations by playing a selection of their favourite numbers outside the branch on Grantham High Street.
‘Boobs and Brass’ was formed in 2006 and has since tripled in size, with two additional troupes in Yorkshire and South East England. So far, they have raised more than £200,000 for breast cancer research.
Speaking at the presentation, which took place on Monday 25th September, Sally said: “The competition is a great way to celebrate the good work happening in local communities and the donation will make a huge difference.
“50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and donations like this are vital to turning the tide for them and their families.”
Dominic Filkins, customer service manager at Swinton Group’s Grantham branch, said: “What Sally and the band have achieved is truly inspiring and the money they have raised is making a genuine difference to people’s lives.
“We designed our search for ‘Swinton Diamonds’ to celebrate local heroes like Sally. We hope this donation will help her continue the important work she is doing. Community spirit is incredibly important to us at Swinton, so this is our chance to give something back to those who go the extra mile.”
Swinton Group is donating to community organisations and charities up and down the country throughout September as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.