The art of rais­ing cash for hospice

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Fio Br­ere­ton. Name / which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with? I am the Chair of Art Fair 2014 rais­ing funds for East Cheshire Hospice. We are all vol­un­teers run­ning a bi­en­nial art ex­hi­bi­tion that takes place at Mac­cles­field Old Town Hall from Septem­ber 26 to Oc­to­ber 4 this year. Over 100 lo­cal and re­gional artists will be sell­ing beau­ti­ful, orig­i­nal works of art and craft. The ex­hi­bi­tion is free and open to every­one. See www. theartof­car­ing.org.uk. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer? As a teenager I fundraised for the NSPCC, sup­plied li­brary books to pa­tients in hos­pi­tal and meals on wheels to the elderly in Mac­cles­field. In 2012 I be­came chair of the Art Fair in aid of East Cheshire Hospice. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field? The Trea­cle Mar­ket for all the amaz­ing pro­duce and vi­brancy. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day? With friends and fam­ily, help­ing oth­ers, pot­ter­ing in the gar­den and go­ing to the cin­ema. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on? Vis­it­ing In­dia with three friends – Four Go Mad In In­dia. If money were no ob­ject what would you do? I would spend more time with my fam­ily, do more char­i­ta­ble work and have a beau­ti­ful gar­den. What one piece of ad­vice would you give? Ad­vice I fol­low from Ma­hatma Gandhi is - ‘It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of sil­ver’. What was your first job? I worked at The Hang­ing Gate Pub, Higher Sut­ton whilst a stu­dent at Mac­cles­field Col­lege. What is your favourite TV show? ‘The Rev’ with Tom Hol­lan­der. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment? ‘The Gar­den of Evening Mists’ by Tan Twan Eng. This book is thought­pro­vok­ing, beau­ti­fully writ­ten and I have lit­tle doubt I will re-read it many times. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion? My par­ents, they pro­vided love, sup­port and guid­ance. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner? Bess of Hard­wick, Count­ess of Shrews­bury, 1521-1608. An amaz­ing woman who achieved so much dur­ing her life.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Art Fair 2014, and to see ex­am­ples of ex­hibit­ing artists’ work, please visit www.theartof­car­ing. org.uk.

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