AN artist from Eastbourne is hoping to raise £1,000 for Help For Heroes after seeing at first hand the vital work the charity does.
Jackie Field, who has been working from her Swanley Close studio since graduating from university in 2003, has already raised £550 for the charity after raffling off a run of limited edition prints of Prince William and his new wife.
Now the 32-year-old is hoping to push the total further towards the target by selling a dozen original prints of Brighton Pavilion.
Speaking to the Herald she said, “A lot of my family have been in the army. My grandad served in the Royal Tank Regiment and my great grandad was with the Royal Horse Artillery.
“My boyfriend, Steve Jones, is now in the TA and was previously in the regular army and I have been to a lot of memorial services and events and seen those who have come back from serving and need our help.”
Miss Field said a close friend of her partner had lost his legs during an explosion, and praised the work done by people helping with his rehabilitation – work largely funded by Help For Heroes.
Her latest offerings are created by painstakingly etching and engraving pieces of wood and lino before filling them with different colours and running them through the printing process.
It takes time, but, for Miss Field, it will be worth it if she can help support the charity.
“Help For Heroes does amazing work,” she said. “A lot of people come back from serving and need support. I want to be able to send off as near to £1,000 as possible.
“My work is usually based around buildings and architecture so it is more what I am used to as well.
“Hopefully people will like them and help raise cash for what is a great charity.”
The prints, which are priced at £925 framed and £550 for an unframed print, are available direct from the artist, who can be reached either on email at email@example.com or by calling 07514186507.