Art exhibition donates £62,000 to Suffolk cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 11:06 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:04 07 March 2017
Organisers of one of the region’s biggest charity art events have donated £62,000 to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk.
Art For Cure’s donation will help support specific breast cancer projects within the county over the next two years.
More than 8,000 people visited its biennial art and sculpture exhibition which was held at Glemham Hall last May.
The exhibition raised £175,000 for breast cancer care and research, a record-breaking amount for the organisation.
Eighty artists and sculptors exhibited work – from local artists such as Maggi Hambling, Jelly Green and Paul Richardson, to international artists Michael Speller, Carol Peace and Henrietta Dubrey.
An additional celebrity art auction included work from celebrities such as Ed Sheeran, Joanna Lumley, Andy Murray and Judi Dench.
Belinda Gray, Art For Cure chairman and co-founder, said: “We have found a very successful way of fundraising through the sale of art and sculpture.
“We are delighted to not only be contributing to vital national research, but also supporting such worthwhile breast cancer services in Suffolk for those going through a breast cancer diagnosis.”
The £62,000 donation to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk will support three breast cancer services in Suffolk. It will focus on a new wig service, beauty treatments, free treatment courses for those affected by cancer, as well as post-surgical exercise classes.
A donation of £100,000 was also made in 2016 to the leading national breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now, towards a secondary cancer research project.
Jonny Ripman, chairman of trustees of Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, said: “Art for Cure has staged a series of amazing events supporting breast cancer work. We are delighted to receive their donation which allows us to commit to important projects within the county.
“It is a pleasure to work with the highly committed Art for Cure team and we hope that our relationship with them continues and develops for many years to come.”
The third Art For Cure fundraising exhibition will take place next year from May 5.
More information about Art for Cure, their upcoming events and details on how to get involved, visit: artforcure.org.uk