Art auction nets £14,000 for Honiton Admiral Nurse campaign and gallery learning programme
PUBLISHED: 10:44 16 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 19 June 2018
More than 100 art lovers gathered at Honiton's Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) for a fundraising art auction - raising £14,000 in aid of two worthy causes.
The event, to which 56 artists donated their works to, was held in support of Honiton’s Admiral Nurse and the gallery’s learning programme, which will receive an even split of the profits.
Many well-known names were among the donors including internationally reputed sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA and the auction patron, the renowned artist, Alan Cotton.
Heather Penwarden, chair of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this total.
“The share that we will receive for our Admiral Nurse fund will be extremely valuable in keeping our Admiral Nurse in place to continue to bring much need support to families living with dementia.
“We are hugely grateful to the Thelma Hulbert Gallery and to all the people involved in this charity art auction especially the artists who have donated some fabulous works.”
Honiton’s Dementia Action Alliance has raised £150,000 to fund their own Admiral Nurse for Honiton, who will be provided and supported by the charity Dementia UK.
The funds raised from the auction will be key to its continued fundraising effort to keep their Admiral Nurse in place for years to come.
THG was one of the first galleries in the county to become dementia friendly, while its award-winning learning programme benefits all the community.
The funds raised will especially help the gallery’s work with adults living with dementia and their carers, as well as young people and adults with mental health issues.
Fiona Page-Turner, THG’s marketing and fundraising officer, said: “What a fantastic result! This will make such a difference to our learning programme.
“Thank you to the auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, who have helped us throughout the project and also led the auction – we really couldn’t have done it without you.
“Our thanks also go to the Deer Park Hotel who provided delicious canapés on the night and Tesco Honiton for generously supplying all the drinks.”
The auction was also sponsored by Combe Estate and the Marker Charitable Trust with support from Devon Contractors, Honiton Together and Howdens Joinery Company.