Art for Action sale raises more than £10,000 for Action Medical Research | Action Medical Research

Art for Action sale raises more than £10,000 for children’s charity

20 November 2015


Celebrated artists including Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling CBE have helped to raise a fantastic £10,446.95 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Stars including Anneka Rice, Tony Hadley and Dame Ellen MacArthur, as well as best-selling crime writer Peter James, TV medic Dr Dawn Harper, journalist Libby Purves and authors Patrick Gale and Esther Freud, created postcard-sized works of art for the Art for Action sale at Copdock Hall on Thursday, 15 October.

Along with contributions from artists Roger Hardy, Tory Lawrence, John Morley, Peter McCarthy, Simon Carter, Dale Devereux Barker, Jelly Green and Roy Rodgers, 188 pieces were donated to the sale with the theme of childhood memories.

The creations were signed on the reverse so buyers didn’t know whose work they had bought until afterwards.

A separate auction included another piece by Hambling and Star Wars Art Director Alan Tomkins’ signed print of the original designs for his snowspeeder which featured in The Empire Strikes Back.

“We’re delighted with the amount raised so huge thanks must go to our new Ipswich committee who worked tirelessly to make the evening a great success,” says Lucy Hynes, Action Medical Research’s Community Fundraising Manager for the region.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to support our work to save and change the lives of sick babies and children, as well as our sponsors Bedfords Estate Agents, Claydens Financial, Ensors Chartered Accountants, Jackamans Solicitors, Ryan’s Insurance and Handelsbanken.”

With the help of its supporters, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for more than 60 years, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy. It is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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For a high-res image of the Ipswich committee, please click on the link below (pictured from left are Karen Last, Krystyna Smithers, Diana Johnson, Jeanette Brierley and Lucy Hynes):

For a high-res image of Grayson Perry’s piece, please click on the link below:

For a high-res image of Maggi Hambling’s piece which was sold at auction, please click on the link below:



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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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