Artist with learning disability sells £1,000 painting to support The Sunnybank Trust

This Is Local London: Patrick Lacey with his £1,000 painting Patrick Lacey with his £1,000 painting

An artist with learning disabilities has raised £1,000 for the charity which supports him by auctioning-off one of his paintings.

Patrick Lacey donated the vibrant painting for sale and it caught the eye of Sarah and Martin Morris who are supporters of The Sunnybank Trust, which Mr Lacey attends.

The Epsom Guardian launched the Shine On appeal last May to help the charity ensure it can keep on running its weekly social club, Kites; a friendship scheme and independent advocacy service.

The Morrises said the picture is "fabulous".

Tom Rhind-Tutt MBE, founder of The Sunnybank Trust, said: "We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Sarah and Martin Morris and to Patrick for his hard work and talent. 

"Opportunities like this are very rare for so many of the vulnerable people we support. 

"This has been a great way to show the unique talents of people who are so often labelled by their disability.  Patrick is an extremely talented painter to whom we are grateful.

"None of this would have been possible without the support of Pine Lodge Day Services and his home Shardeloes which is run by CMG Ltd."

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are a number of ways you can support our Shine On Appeal:

1. Visit the charity's Justgiving page on The Sunnybank Trust's website (www.sunnybanktrust.org) and click on 'donate'

2. Text £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to The Sunnybank Trust by texting TSBT16 followed by the amount to 70070.

3. Post cheques and postal orders payable to "The Sunnybank Trust" to: The Sunnybank Trust, St. Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8HA.

4. Volunteer to help fundraise or run an event, or donate gifts, services or vouchers for raffles: call the fundraising team on 01372 749871 or email enquiries@sunnybanktrust.org

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