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Loughborough artist helps Rainbows paint a bright future

For immediate release 10th December, 2012


Loughborough artist helps Rainbows paint a bright future


A LOUGHBOROUGH artist who has raised more than £18,000 for Rainbows Hospice for children and young people by selling paintings over the last 17 years has pledged she will not stop painting and fundraising until she raises £20,000.

Margaret Harvey, a long-time supporter of Rainbows almost since the charity’s inception, is now in her eighties. She has been an ambassador for eight years but recently gave up this status for health reasons, although she remains involved with the charity.

Margaret paints with watercolour, acrylic and pastel. She also makes some hand-made cards using prints from her original paintings and personal photocards and cards using encaustic methods, also known as hot wax painting, which involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.  She sells her work at Daisy's Cafe at Brookles Nusery on Loughborough Road, Rothley and through Rainbows.

All proceeds from the cards and paintings go directly to Rainbows where the funds are used to help children with life-limiting illnesses.

“Rainbows had only been open a year when I became involved. I worked as a primary school teacher and I wanted to continue to work with children once I retired. Here I am, still involved with the charity 17 years later! It is a wonderful charity and I am glad to be able to support them,” said Margaret.




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About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People covers the whole of the East Midlands, although it is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, had died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura's favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, hundreds of life-limited children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years.

In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not surprisingly the whole family is under huge emotional, physical and financial strain.

Rainbows Children’s Hospice helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.