Sale of artist Joanne Penfold’s seascapes will benefit Suffolk charity, Lapwing
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A Suffolk artist is donating a fifth of proceeds from the sale of her latest work to a charity which helped her son return to education.
Joanne Penfold, from Framlingham, has pledged 20% of the money she makes from selling paintings and prints on display at her latest exhibition to Lapwing, based at Martlesham Heath.
Originally from London, Joanne moved to Framlingham in 2009. Since then, much of her work has been inspired by the local landscape – particularly places like Dunwich, Southwold and Aldeburgh, which developed her love of seascapes.
Lapwing provided a lifeline for the family when her 17-year-old son, Joe, who has autism, was unable to find a suitable educational placement.
After Joe was out of school for a year, the family heard from Lapwing, which provided one-to-one teaching that gave him the confidence to get his education back on track.
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Joanne said: “Lapwing is a fantastic charity that has helped Joe to gain confidence and cope in an educational environment – something we, as a family, had almost given up on.
“Joe looks forward to attending Lapwing, where he learns to interact with the tutors and other students, and it has been a real lifeline for him and the whole family.
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“Eventually, he will attend a college suitable for his needs.
“The organisation is totally reliant on local government, grants and charitable funding, and I wanted to help in some small way to this very worthy cause.”
Lapwing patron, Hugh Fraser, an actor and author who lives in Suffolk and is known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, said: “It’s wonderful to see how Joe has been able to take his education forward with Lapwing’s support.
“On behalf of Lapwing, we are extremely grateful to Joanne for this very generous and thoughtful gesture.”
Joanne’s work is on show and available to buy at Framlingham Technology Centre until Christmas. The prints have been framed locally by her partner, Clifford.