Homemade cards raise over £11,000

Bangor Mail - - CHARITY FOCUS -

CAROL Thorne from Llan­dudno loves pho­tog­ra­phy. She is a pas­sion­ate about cap­tur­ing beau­ti­ful im­ages with her cam­era.

In 2011, Carol who is a mem­ber of the U3A Pho­tog­ra­phy group in Llan­dudno, de­cided to use her tal­ent to raise funds for her lo­cal hospice.

On a daily ba­sis she cre­ates hand­made cards with the im­ages she has taken and sells them for a pound each.

With her stall dis­play­ing an ar­ray of im­ages, in­clud­ing North Wales scenes, flora and fauna, Carol is a reg­u­lar at lo­cal fetes and fairs, ho­tels and busi­nesses.

Since she started seven years ago, she has raised a phe­nom­e­nal £11,040 for St David’s Hospice.

Carol, a re­tired civil ser­vant, said:

“I love pho­tog­ra­phy and I en­joy walk­ing. My pho­tog­ra­phy gets me out and about to some beau­ti­ful places.

“The big­gest sell­ing card has an im­age of a robin which I took whilst on a walk with the U3A group at Aber Falls. In Novem­ber last year, I sold over 100 of them in one month.

“My hus­band is so sup­port­ive; he helps me to make the cards. Each one is made by hand, no ma­chin­ery in­volved. It’s a plea­sure to sup­port St David’s. I know per­son­ally how im­por­tant the care is to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I would like to thank all the lo­cal peo­ple who con­tinue to sup­port me. Lots of my cus­tomers are reg­u­lars; they’re very loyal and ap­pre­ci­ate what I do.”

St David’s Hospice is a lo­cal char- ity pro­vid­ing free 24-hour, end-oflife care, 365 days a year. It de­liv­ers a clin­i­cal ser­vice along­side emo­tional, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual sup­port.

The ther­apy unit pro­vides pa­tient care, be­reave­ment and coun­selling ser­vices, whilst the In­pa­tient Unit of­fers symp­tom con­trol, respite and end of life care.

James Wilde, Com­mu­nity Fundraiser for St David’s said: “Carol has worked so hard pro­duc­ing stun­ning cards. Her ded­i­ca­tion and end­less sup­port for the Hospice re­ally is ad­mirable and much ap­pre­ci­ated.

“On be­half of all our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and friends, thank you! ”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about St David’s Hospice and it’s ser­vices go to: www.st­david­shos­pice.org.uk

Carol with the robin card

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