Friends’ art raises cash for the DGH

Simon Severino (St Andrew's Headmaster) Mrs Ann Caffyn, Mr Stephen Lloyd, The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field, Dr Guy Lloyd, Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson, Mrs Linda Thompson.
Simon Severino (St Andrew's Headmaster) Mrs Ann Caffyn, Mr Stephen Lloyd, The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field, Dr Guy Lloyd, Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson, Mrs Linda Thompson.

The Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals raised £2,860 at their annual Autumn Art Exhibition, held at St Andrew’s School.

The display was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field. Dr Guy Lloyd spoke with gratitude about the equipment The Friends have purchased for the Cardiology Department at the Eastbourne DGH.

On display, and for sale over the weekend, were more than 300 paintings that had been entered by 80 local artists. The paintings were admired by hundreds of visitors and 37 were sold with 20 per cent of the sale price going to the charity.

Local artist Alan Everard donated his painting of the Old Thames Barges for a raffle and Derek Baulcomb gave a painting demonstration, auctioning the painting when it was finished.

The money raised by the display will be put towards the Friends’ Special Project for 2012; a Cardiology Assessment and Treatment Suite at the Eastbourne DGH to identify, triage and fast track urgent Cardiology patients.

A Friends spokesperson said, “The Friends would like to thank the organising committee and all the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure that the exhibition was such a success. Our thanks to the public for supporting the event, the Sea Cadets who helped dismantle the Exhibition at the end and all our generous sponsors.

“Thanks once again to the generosity of St Andrew’s headmaster and his staff.”