Cotswold Life

Paws for thought

Glouces­ter­shire artists have been paint­ing por­traits of dogs in lock­down to raise £6,000 for Sue Ry­der hospice

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Agroup of Glouces­ter­shire artists put their cre­ative skills to good use dur­ing lock­down by paint­ing por­traits of dogs for char­ity.

The pooch project was the idea of artist and dog-lover Katharine Dove, from Chel­tenham, who wanted to do some­thing to help dur­ing lock­down, but didn’t have NHS or care ex­pe­ri­ence.

Katharine came up with the idea of paint­ing dogs in lock­down (#dogsin­lock­down) and rais­ing funds for her lo­cal hospice, Sue Ry­der Leck­hamp­ton Court Hospice – Glouces­ter­shire’s only in­pa­tient unit for spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care.

She re­cruited other lo­cal artists to help, and be­tween them they have pro­duced more than 200 paint­ings and raised more than £6,000.

“We wanted to do our bit and raise money for a lo­cal char­ity dur­ing lock­down,” says Katharine. “I was aware that hospices were go­ing to re­ally strug­gle be­cause all the nor­mal fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties would not be hap­pen­ing this year.

“We know how im­por­tant dogs are to keep us sane in dif­fi­cult times, make us laugh and keep us ac­tive.

“I dis­cov­ered I could paint a dog por­trait in un­der an hour! I re­cruited other lo­cal artists and we all worked hard to­gether, al­beit in our homes.

“We are so pleased to have raised more than £6,000 for Sue Ry­der Leck­hamp­ton Court Hospice.”

Megan Platt, com­mu­nity fundraiser at Sue Ry­der Leck­hamp­ton Court Hospice, says, “Thank you so much to Katharine and the team of artists for your in­cred­i­ble sup­port. We are re­ally im­pressed with the ef­forts you have gone to paint­ing our four-legged friends dur­ing lock­down.

“The funds you have raised will help to make sure we can con­tinue to of­fer our com­pas­sion­ate pal­lia­tive care and be there when it mat­ters for fam­i­lies in Glouces­ter­shire. For ex­am­ple, it could pay for around 300 hours of our ex­pert care, help­ing peo­ple live the best life they pos­si­bly can.”

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 ??  ?? ABOVE AND RIGHT: Some of the dog por­traits painted for Sue Ry­der hospice in Leck­hamp­ton
ABOVE AND RIGHT: Some of the dog por­traits painted for Sue Ry­der hospice in Leck­hamp­ton

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