Generosity and talent leads to award for John

Advanta's Mike Cottingham presents John Reeves with his certificate
Advanta's Mike Cottingham presents John Reeves with his certificate

MOST people in later life are thinking about downing tools, but not 82-year-old John Reeves.

He first picked up a paint brush as a distraction when he was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and has since painted more than 50 works of art.

John was encouraged to attend art classes at St Wilfrid’s Hospice Day Therapy Clinic, which is where his talent for painting was discovered.

To say thank you to the hospice, John held an exhibition of his paintings at the Under Ground Theatre in Grove Road and raised £450 for the hospice.

In recognition of his talent and generosity, John has been presented with April’s Resident of the Month Award.

The Resident of the Month Award is sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.

Mike Cottingham, director at Advanta, met John this week to present him with a special certificate.

Mike said, “John is an inspiration, not least because he’s unearthed an incredible talent for painting in later life in difficult circumstances.

“Through his exhibition he raised much needed funds to benefit the hospice and he deserves recognition for this, which is why we are delighted to present him with the Resident of the Month Award.”

John and his wife are now looking forward to a complimentary meal for two at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.

If you would like to nominate someone for a Resident of the Month award, please telephone 411222 or send an email to