Shropshire Art Society presents £5000 cheque to Severn Hospice

Image of Sally and Alan presenting SAS cheque to Severn Hospice in memory of Judy Townsend 2012

We are delighted to report that on Thursday 27th September 2012 the Shropshire Art Society presented a cheque for £5000 to Severn Hospice. The money was raised at the wonderfully successful Art at Ford House event held over the weekend of 31st August and 1st and 2nd of September, in memory of Judy Townsend.

Our Chairman Wilf Langford, committee members Anne Linton and Alan Townsend, and Alan and Judy’s daughter Sally Townsend Blake presented the cheque to Mike Perry of Severn Hospice on a lovely morning in the Hospice garden. There were lots of smiles! And, the Shropshire Star helped us to say thank you to all the members of the public who had donated money or purchased paintings and craft items.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped with or supported the event, because you all contributed to raising this magnificent sum. Of course, we’d especially like to thank all our members who donated paintings or crafts… you really ‘came up trumps’, as Judy herself would have said!

October’s Shropshire Life magazine had a great feature on the event, written by Howard Franklin, which was wonderful.

Art at Ford House

Collage of SAS Art at Ford House event 2012 (1 of 3)

On the weekend of 31st August, 1st and 2nd September the Shropshire Art Society held a very special exhibition at Haystacks Barn, Ford House, Ford, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Burbidge. The exhibition aimed to celebrate the contribution to the Society of its late Treasurer Judy Townsend, while raising money for Severn Hospice (where Judy was cared for in the final weeks of her life). The exhibition consisted of a retrospective of Judy’s own work, along with a fabulous gallery of paintings and crafts donated by Shropshire Art Society members.

Collage of SAS Art at Ford House event 2012 (2 of 3)

A packed preview event attended by over 120 people on the Friday evening was opened by Gabrielle Drake (Trustee of Severn Hospice) and Paul Cronin (Chief Executive of Severn Hospice), and the exhibition was open to the public all weekend. A marvellous total of £5000 was raised and will be officially presented to Severn Hospice later in September. The Shropshire Art Society wishes to thank Mr and Mrs Burbidge, Gabrielle Drake, the Severn Hospice team, all Society members who donated pictures for sale, all town businesses who donated raffle prizes, and all who attended and spent their money in aid of such a great cause.

Collage of SAS Art at Ford House event 2012 (3 of 3)

With thanks to Mike White for use of his photographs (the top row of images).

(This is the first ever post on our Shropshire Art Society News blog.)