I was delighted to offer one of my photo art prints (of Belper Mill) to help the Isabella Peatfield Memorial Fund. My friend Louise Dunning, a visual arts curator, is goddaughter to Isabella who died when she was just five years old, ten years ago next Boxing Day, in the Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.
Isabella’s parents Kim and Tristan were also swept up in the waves but survived and set up this Fund to support children in Sri Lanka. The money they raise provides playgrounds, libraries, books and clothes for children and for orphanages in Sri Lanka. You can visit the website for more information: www.isabellapeatfield.com
Isabella loved drawing, something she inherited from Tristan, who is a film and TV production designer, so her parents thought it would be fitting to hold an art trail and sale at their house and garden near Ashbourne, to raise money for this cause.
I was thrilled to have my work on show alongside celebrated, award-winning artists like Lewis Noble, Kerri Pratt, Deborah Allitt and Nick Hedderly, as well as two photographers whose work I so admire – Nick Lockett and John Tunley. Better still, my image of Belper Mill was sold and the sale overall raised nearly £5000 which will go directly to funding a new library and employing a librarian in Sri Lanka.