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Moving pictures from Donna Louise families

20th July 2016

MOVING pictures that tell stories of bravery, hope and love are the centerpiece of a special art ‘exhibition’ staged by Leek United Building Society.

The works have all been produced by local children who have complex, life-limiting or lifethreatening conditions and their families during art therapy sessions at The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice*.

And for a three-month period, reproductions of many of the originals will be on display at Leek United’s Derby Street Branch in Leek, to help raise awareness of the hospice’s work.

Chris Belyavin, Relationship Manager at The Donna Louise, said: “Art therapy is a key part of the work we do, with the aim of getting children and their families to open up, talk and express themselves.

“There is a story attached to every single picture; some are extremely moving, and they all range from tear-jerking to the simplest of emotions.

“No-one who sees them can fail to be blown away by the quality of the work, or the stories that come with each piece.”

Each year, The Donna Louise puts on a display of the original artworks at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Added Chris: “This year, we wanted to extend that idea to one of the organisations with whom The Donna Louise has a strong association – and since Leek United recently bought us new art materials for the therapy sessions, it seemed entirely appropriate that we should feature the artwork in one of the Society’s branches.”

To date, Leek United has raised a total of more than £8,500 for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, which provides specialist children's palliative care nurses, family support workers and counsellors to care for children and families who need its services.

Clare Beardmore, Leek United’s Head of Marketing and Sales, said: “It was very emotional for us to look through all the pictures, read the stories associated with each one and choose a selection for display.

“We very much hope that visitors to our Derby Street Branch will take the time to enjoy the pictures over the next three months, and we’re sure that they will be equally touched by what they see.”

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