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Art for Cure at Glemham Hall attracts famous faces including Spectre director Sam Mendes

PUBLISHED: 09:50 03 May 2016

Thousands of people visited the  Art for Cure 2016 event at Glemham Hall over the bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of people visited the Art for Cure 2016 event at Glemham Hall over the bank holiday weekend.

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Celebrity faces including director Sam Mendes and BBC presenter Bill Turnbull were among the 11,000 people who turned out in a show of support of the Art for Cure event in Suffolk over the weekend.

Film director Sam Mendes visited Glemham Hall in support of Art for Cure and support its Make Your Mark celebrity canvas auctionFilm director Sam Mendes visited Glemham Hall in support of Art for Cure and support its Make Your Mark celebrity canvas auction

Art for Cure, at Glemhall Hall, drew in more than £210.000 in the first two days in art sales alone, with final figures for all donations, art sales, the Make Your Mark celebrity auction and proceeds from other attractions over the three days not yet confirmed.

The event was organised in 2014 by friends Sally Ball, of Saxmundham, and Belinda Gray, of Bredfield, who were diagnosed with breast cancer within a year of each other. Both women are now in remission.

Originally a one-off event, Art for Cure 2016 was the second event to be organised by the pair, in aid of Breast Cancer Now, and Art for Cure is in the process of becoming a UK registered charity.

Around 80 artists, all of whom had a link to Suffolk or Norfolk, exhibited at the event this weekend, who between them had in the region of 500 pieces of art available to purchase across the weekend.

All artists donated 50% of their sales from the event to Art for Cure. Additional funds were raised through a £5 donation per car for parking, as well as afternoon teas, a raffle, silent auction and a number of other attractions.

Celebrities including Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes, and Suffolk-born musician Ed Sheeran were among those to create a piece of art for the Art for Cure Make Your Mark celebrity auction, which boosted funds further.

Event organiser Sally Ball said: “We are absolutely delighted. It exceeded all expectations. It has been absolutely amazing.

“There has been a huge demographic of people.

“There were so many people coming for days out with their children and doing some pottery and having afternoon teas.

“There really was something for everyone, which is why there were so many people. The weather helped, too.

“It really attracted all ages and all interests.

“Glemham Hall is only open occasionally, so people were quite happy to pay £5 (for parking) to have a look around the house and the grounds.

“There were also teas, a pop up restaurant, so many cakes. People didn’t feel like they had to come and spend lots of money, but there was the option to get involved in lots of different things.

“It has been so nice. Everyone has been so happy and I know the volunteers have said they were fuelled by peoples’ energy at the event.

“It’s a cause that so many people have a link to that they are showing solidarity for the cause. Everyone was so happy and smiley.”

For more information on Art for Cure, or to make a donation, visit www.artforcure.org.uk

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