Painting students raise cash for local charities

Final year Painting students at Gray’s School of Art have raised £1380 for two local charities.

The students, who have now graduated, donated all the proceeds from sales of their Painting Catalogue at this year’s Degree Show to CLAN and Befriend a Child.

It is the most that has ever been raised via sales at the show, with the charities each receiving a cheque for £690.

Laura Porteous, who presented the charities with the cheques, said: “I feel very proud of everyone in the painting department for all their hard work and effort over the past year, allowing us to raise such a significant amount of money.

“The catalogue was kept to a minimal theme, and colours were decided by vote between us all. It was printed by The Gatehouse, the university’s design and print consultancy, who were a fantastic help throughout the entire design process.”

She added: “The charities are both amazing causes, and after seeing first-hand how grateful they were and what the money could be spent on, it has urged me to raise money in future for the same charities again.”

Steph Dowling, Senior Fundraising Co-ordinator at CLAN Cancer Support Centre, said: “On behalf of all at CLAN, I’d like to thank the students for selecting the charity to be a beneficiary of the funds raised through the sale of their painting catalogues at the recent degree show.

“The money raised will go towards our continued provision of free support services to anyone affected by cancer across the north and north-east of Scotland and we’re delighted that the students took the time to think of CLAN at what I’m sure was an incredibly busy time for them.”

Lana Bambridge, Development and Resources Manager at Befriend a Child, added: “Befriend a Child is truly grateful to the Painting students at Gray’s School of Art for the extra time and effort that has gone into raising funds on our behalf, especially during their busy final year.

“This donation will go a long way in helping us continue to support the local children in our communities who need it the most.”

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