Painting exhibition raises money for charities

Virginia Clucas with the donated oil painting of the Carlisle to Settle railway.
Virginia Clucas with the donated oil painting of the Carlisle to Settle railway.

A special painting exhibition helped raise almost £1,000 for the NSPCC and Brooke Hospital charities.

The Virginia Clucas painting exhibition was held at the Arnside Sailing Club on Arnside Promenade on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, and saw artist enthusiasts turn out for an exclusive opportunity to view and purchase a wide selection of original works by Virginia Clucas.

A number of people attended and over 100 prints were sold, including travel sketches, oils and watercolours and local landscapes.

Virginia Clucas said: “I was happy to showcase my artwork for charity. I would like to thank all those who popped in to view and purchase my work and I am delighted to have raised almost £1,000 for two worthy causes.

“I’d also like to thank Arnside Sailing Club for lending the premises for the event and to friends Fiona and Brian, Sue and David for their invaluable help and ideas.

“I have also donated another one of my paintings to the forthcoming Indulgence raffle and hope this will raise even more for the NSPCC.”

Kim Kimberlee Smith, NSPCC community fundraising manager in Cumbria said: “We are extremely grateful to Virginia Clucas for showcasing her work for the NSPCC and for putting on such an enjoyable exhibition.

“I am delighted the event was so successful and raised vital funds to support some of the region’s most vulnerable children and young people.”

Proceeds from the sales made during the exhibition will support the NSPCC and the Brooke Hospital.

It will help the NSPCC run a range of projects and services for children, young people and families who need support.

These services include local services in Cumbria plus a helpline for adults worried about a child and ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service dedicated to children and young people.

It will also support the charity Brooke Hospital, the international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.

The NSPCC are also on the lookout for more people to join them in Cumbria and help raise vital funds for children in the area.

If anyone would be interested in supporting the NSPCC in organising events and can donate time, resources and facilities then the charity would love to hear from them.

For more information about supporting the NSPCC locally please contact NSPCC community fundraising manager for Cumbria, Kim Kimberlee- Smith on 07796 565 191 or email: