We are looking for artists to participate in an exhibition in early December (2015) in aid of a charity that helped my father.
We’re searching for creative-folk with pieces inspired by Somerset’s landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes for our National Kidney Federation fundraiser.
Like most of the population, I had never ever thought about kidney disease before. That is, until my father, Leslie, aged 86, became very ill last year with kidney failure, and who is now having to undertake kidney dialysis three times a week.
Suddenly we were thrust into a world of hospital appointments and eventually dialysis. We became aware of the large numbers of people who suffer from similar problems, and of the amazing job that the dialysis centres do for these patients.
The regional centre for renal disease is based in Exeter, where they look after a population of almost one million in Devon and Somerset. My father is lucky to have his treatment at the Taunton Dialysis Unit at Creech Castle, Taunton, which is closer to his home.
The care he has been given is exceptional and is enabling him to live a normal life, and my parents were fortunate to be able to celebrate their diamond wedding earlier this year.
The treatment does restrict my parents’ social life a little, but they can have days out and short breaks away between treatments. The dialysis centres will even arrange treatments away from home, if they wanted to have a longer holiday.
As a family, we are so grateful for the care my father has been given, that we felt we wanted to give something in return and have chosen the National Kidney Federation as our charity of the year from now and through to this time next year.
Our fundraising art and crafts evening will be in aid of the National Kidney Federation and will take place on Monday, December 7 from 6pm until 9pm.
Being a sustainable restaurant serving seasonal food, we’re very closely linked to the local environment so hosting an event like this here with the Land, Sea and Sky theme seemed very apt.
The evening will take the form of an arts and crafts exhibition with the theme of the land, sea and sky. These are the things which we work closely with here being located on a working farm.”
All the exhibitors will be linked with the land, sea and sky in some way and will be asked to pay £10 each to be included in the event.
The restaurant will provide chairs and tables. Admission to the general public will be free. There will also be complimentary wine tastings. Sue and her team will be serving mince pies and mulled wine during the evening too.
Anyone interested in exhibiting, please call me on 01278 662629 or email via firstname.lastname@example.org.