Sunday, 26 September 2021

Hospice benefits from prisoners art skills

PATIENTS from a hospice and prison inmates displayed their work at Nettlebed Art and Craft Show

PATIENTS from a hospice and prison inmates displayed their work at Nettlebed Art and Craft Show.

The two-day event, held over the weekend, was organised by the Nettlebed Art Society and featured more than 130 paintings, many of which were for sale.

Artworks, including landscapes and seascapes by prisoners at HMP Huntercombe completed as part of a City and Guilds course, formed part of the exhibition held at Nettlebed Community School.

Day care patients from the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed also had pieces on display, which were completed with the help of diversional therapist Alison Boyland.

Louise Brooks, a fund-raising assistant for the charity, said: "Some of the work is current and some is from patients who have passed away but their families kindly allowed us to show it."


All proceeds from sales of the HMP Huntercombe work will be donated to the hospice.

The show, which also featured a range of crafts, including ceramics, jewellery and photography, was opened by Karen Guy, the hospice's head of clinical services.

Susan Byers, the society's treasurer, said that more than £3,500 had been raised from all sales of art and craft during the show.

She said: "It went very well and we had a lot of appreciative remarks, which was nice."

Tea and cake was also served by Barbara Sadler, Christine Marsh and Anne Driver, who were members of Nettlebed WI before it closed earlier this year.


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