LETTER: Thanks for art show success

The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital held their 10th annual Art Exhibition and raised more than £3,200 towards the cost of the Robot Surgeon at the DGH. There are many people I should like to thank who made this possible. Firstly St Andrew’s Prep School who gave us the use of their gym and also the Society of Eastbourne Artists for the loan of their screens on which 252 pictures were displayed. The event was opened by Consultant Urologist Mr Peter Rimmington, who gave an interesting insight of the workings of the robot which treats patients with prostate cancer. Around 150 people attended the opening at which the prize for the ‘Best Picture in Show’ was awarded to John Gross, by the judge Nigel Greaves, and presented to him by Rupert Taylor of the Eastbourne Herald. The trophy was donated by Semantics of Grove Road. Over the weekend the public were asked to vote for their ‘Best Picture’ and this was won by Alan Everard who was presented with his trophy by the Friends’ Chairman Dr Peter Nash. That trophy was donated by Eastbourne Engraving of North Street. Also thanks to our many sponsors: Plan-A-Head for all their printing work, Josie Tipler who gave an art demonstration, Alan Everard, Ellen and Paul Crockford, Gallery North, Prime Care, Orchard Frames, and Eastbourne Framing Centre. We were delighted that 63 local artists exhibited their paintings, which, together with a colourful selection of art by the St Andrew’s pupils, made a wonderful display. As always I am deeply indebted to the army of volunteers who helped in a variety of ways to ensure the smooth running and success of the exhibition over the three days.

Ann Caffyn

Art Exhibition Organiser,

Friends of Eastbourne


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