A Worcestershire-based art gallery has joined forces with one of the county’s most recognised sculptors to raise money to support Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Art gallery and interior design store Persora are working with Worcestershire-based artist Caro Burberry, to raise valuable funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Caro Burberry - who grew up in Buckinghamshire but now resides in Worcestershire - abandoned her initial ambition of becoming a speech therapist. Following her passion for art, she opted for classical training at The Frink School of Figurative Sculpture. Her first piece of life-size sculpture - the bronze ‘Emerging Woman’ - sits in the grounds of St Michael’s Hospice, near Hereford.
On New Year's Eve, the 55 year old promised to ‘do something out of the ordinary’ in 2016 because of very personal reasons that happened in her own life. Caro said: “I had a health scare a few years ago and it makes you think about how much you want to make the most of every day. I wanted to be able to give something back. I’ve set myself some very tasks to complete in 2016 - but it’s given me the push and motivation to do things I may not have ordinarily do.
Aimee Hyde, director at Persora added: “Caro committed herself to raise £12,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice to support the charity’s care for life-limited and life threatened children and young people. In between learning Italian, how to play the drums, training a hawk and singing acapella in a group - she’s also found the time to create a beautiful piece of art of which the proceeds from all sales, will play a key role in helping to support the families and children who rely on the services that Acorns provide on a day to day basis. We are exceptionally pleased to be working with her to help her achieve her fundraising vision.”
Speaking previously of the challenges which Caro has set herself this this year in terms of raising money for Acorns Children’s Hospice, Mandie Fitzgerald, community fundraising manager at Acorns, said: “It’s been lovely to meet Caro and we’re thrilled she has chosen to support us. To be able to continue to provide vital specialist palliative care, we need the public’s help to raise nearly £9million every year so we’re very grateful to Caro and hope this inspires others to support our work this year.”
The small cold-cast bronze resin figurines are on display at the Persora Art Gallery in Pershore, Worcestershire or you can make your contribution to charity by buying them online at www.persora.com where they are available to purchase for £60, all proceeds go directly to Acorns Children’s Hospice.