Art Fair Raises Hundreds for The Foundation
VISITORS to a Devon art fair have helped raise £600 for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.
The Westcountry Art Fair – Art Ashcombe – showcased a range of artists exhibiting painting, photography and sculpture pieces. A percentage of money raised from sales have been kindly donated to support the charity which aims to change the lives of disadvantaged children, from across the UK, through sail training programmes.
Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry Gottschalk, was invited to Ashcombe Village Club to receive the cheque on behalf of the Foundation, along with other charities also supported by the Ashcombe community.
He said: “We are incredibly grateful to the people of Ashcombe for their support. A week at sea for a young person on our vessels can be genuinely life-changing. It only takes a day, or at most two, for the dynamics involved to start making an impact and from then on it just keeps getting better. It is a hands-on experience, where everyone works together under the direction of our crews on board, carrying out the tasks that enable the vessel to get from where it is to where it needs to get to. Our hard-working team organise people into groups for each specific task, explain and demonstrate how it needs to be done, then supervise while it is carried out to ensure that it is done correctly and safely.
“What is certain is that at the end of the voyage everyone has had an experience to remember and for the young sail trainees so much has been learned, so many life skills gained, new relationships started, confidence built and self esteem developed, that they leave aware of being capable of more than they had ever realised, and prepared to take on new challenges that may change their life for the better.”
On show over the fundraising weekend were works by Sue Peake, Jenny Pery, Mark Fielding, Antony Mallaby, Sally Derrick, Tony Williams, Shirley Smith, Robin Armstrong, Sophie Walbeoffe, Alexandra Jacobs, Ama Menec, and Edward Netley’s life-size galvanised wire sculptures.