A local charity is hosting an art auction and fundraising for Parkinsons.
Parkinson’s EQUIP, based in Glossop, is fundraising for Parkinsons by offering people the chance to join in an online auction and bid on postcard sized original works of art, created especially for this event by a range of artists from students to those of national repute.
The pictures are available to be viewed on the website. Full guidance about how to get to the auction and how to proceed for those unfamiliar with eBay can also be found on the website.
There will be a minimum starting bid for each picture of £10.
The bidding will open on Thursday 26th January and remain open for 10 days.
Information about contributing artists will be available, but not who donated each particular picture – that will be revealed after purchase!
Ray Wegrzyn, Founder of Parkinson’s EQUIP, said: “I decided to set up Parkinson’s EQUIP when I had to retire from work early because of living with Parkinson’s for, at that time, 18 years.
It has been noticed that many people with Parkinson’s find within themselves an urge to be creative in some way. Becoming involved in drawing or painting is one way of channelling that creativity. There is also a lot of research that identifies dance as one of the most helpful activities for people with Parkinson’s to undertake. I think this is because it’s a combination of activity and creativity. So, one of the causes we hope our fundraising for Parkinsons art auction will raise funds for is the Dance for Parkinson’s network.”
Well-known artist, Ghislaine Howard, patron of the charity, added:
“As I was watching my mother facing up to the challenges that Parkinson’s brings, I was amazed to see her take up my paints and begin to paint and draw – it was wonderful to witness the pleasure and sense of achievement this gave her. Last year’s auction was very successful and so I hope that people enjoy this opportunity to participate in this worthwhile cause by bidding on one (or more!) of these original works and so enable us to continue our work – art of whatever kind really does make a difference to people’s lives!”
For further details, to preview the artwork and to find out how to bid visit Parkinson’s Equip