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Celebrities get creative for Art for Action charity sale

15 July 2015

Celebrities, novelists, artists and chefs have been inspired to get creative for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Dozens of people have answered the call for original postcard-sized works of art to raise money to help save and change children’s lives, with the theme of childhood memories.

Radio presenter and journalist Libby Purves, best-selling crime writer Peter James and model Vita West are among those creating 5” x 8” artworks to be sold at Copdock Hall in Suffolk in October.

Maggi Hambling CBE, the contemporary painter and sculptor, has crafted something for the Art for Action event, and Paul Bell, winner of BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge, and Professional Masterchef 2014 winner Jamie Scott have also pledged pieces for the children’s charity.

The creations will be displayed at the new events venue in Church Lane, Copdock, each priced at £30, and collectors can snap up as many works of art as they like: each card will be signed on the reverse so buyers won’t know who created it until after they have made their purchase.

This year’s Art for Action sale will take place on Thursday, 15 October 2015, from 6.30pm until 9pm. Tickets are priced at £20 and champagne and canapés will be served, with a bar with beers and wine also available.

At a similar event organised by the charity’s Dunmow committee in February 2014, celebrities including Stephen Fry, John Hurt CBE, Sir Roger Moore, Charlie Waite, Paul Benney and Jenny Hanley donated pieces and helped to raise almost £5,000.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 and is currently supporting work around meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

To book tickets for Art for Action, visit action.org.uk/art-action

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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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