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Newark Art Club to bring Christmas cheer to Beaumond House Community Hospice




An art club will bring Christmas cheer to its local hospice as well as some much-needed money at a time when fundraising streams have been struck down by coronavirus.

Newark Art Club ran a competition among its members to design Christmas cards representing Newark, Collingham and Southwell ­— where Beaumond House has charity shops.

Newark Art Club Beaumond House Christmas card competition winners, left to right, Christime Bradley, Linda Geeson and Ann Gimson are joined by retail manager at the Collingham charity shop, Gary White. 011020DC2-1 (42513415)
Newark Art Club Beaumond House Christmas card competition winners, left to right, Christime Bradley, Linda Geeson and Ann Gimson are joined by retail manager at the Collingham charity shop, Gary White. 011020DC2-1 (42513415)

The hospice’s revenue has been dramatically reduced by the enforced closure of its shops because of the virus, although all three have now re-opened.

The club, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary year, has the hospice as its nominated charity.

There were 25 entrants and hospice staff chose Christine Bradley’s Newark Castle-inspired picture, Linda Geeson’s design depicting the Collingham high street and one featuring apples representing Southwell by Ann Gimson.

Linda said: “We asked Beaumond House what we could do to help and this was the answer ­— running a competition for Christmas pictures and they would then choose one for each shop for their Christmas cards.

“It’s been great fun. Picking the winners must have been difficult.”

Gary White, retail manager at the Collingham shop, said: “It’s so important in this crisis that people turn out to help Beaumond House ­— their local charity and their local hospice.

“The cards will look fantastic and we are looking forward to stocking them.

“I am sure they will sell very well.”



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