A local businesswoman with a rare lung condition has been shortlisted for a national business award.

Charlotte Eames, owner of The Creation Station in Maidenhead, has been shortlisted for the Young Female Franchisee of the Year at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Award.

Charlotte started her business three years ago, after she was diagnosed with Spontaneous Pneumothorax. It was this diagnosis which inspired her to transform her life.

The business aims to nurture’s children’s creative development through arts and crafts, running classes for over two thousand children and adults annually.

Alongside managing The Creation Station, Mrs Eames also dedicates her time to raise funds for charity. She completed the London Marathon in 2018 to raise money for Children with Cancer UK after her younger sister was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2018.

“Once I was diagnosed, I thought it was a sign that actually I should start living my life and fulfilling my dream of running a business, there was a lot that stood in my way, but it was a case of now or never.

“My experience as a Nanny, has helped me see first-hand, the demand and need for local, quality, affordable classes for children and the importance of them in aiding social skills, lateral thinking and building relationships.”

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, said: “Charlotte loves working with the children and being her own boss, and this role allows her to do two things she really enjoys. With no prior business experience, she has managed to grow the franchise in Maidenhead and her innovative ideas in response to challenging circumstances have enabled her to succeed, she’s an inspiration.”