In December I celebrated a milestone birthday. From a very early age, creativity and colour have been an important part of my life, so to mark the occasion I selected 50 pieces of my bold, expressive artwork and offered them at significantly discounted prices. And I committed to sharing half of the proceeds from every painting sold between Worcester Foodbank, who support hungry people in the city where I live, and Traidcraft Exchange's Hidden Homeworkers project in Southern Asia.
I’m thrilled to announce that the sale of 32 paintings, along with several donations, raised £1,020 to share equally between the two charities.
Grahame Lucas, Worcester Foodbank Manager, said: "We're so grateful to Cherrie and everyone who bought a painting for the generous gift which will help us to cover the growing cost of feeding a record number of clients that are being dragged into food poverty. It's been wonderful to witness Cherrie using her creative talents to help paint a brighter future for people facing hardship and we hope it'll inspire others to do the same."
Nancy and Amy from Traidcraft Exchange said: “Thank you so much for buying one of Cherrie's beautiful 50 for 50 paintings! Your purchase means that some of the most vulnerable women artisans across South Asia can start getting a fairer deal for their hard work, and use their creativity and resourcefulness to build a better life for their families. We are so grateful for your support.”
A huge thank you to everyone who supported my ’50 for 50’ birthday fundraiser and helped me mark my big birthday in a such a fitting and colourful way. You can see all the artwork included in the offer below.