Update: bidding ended on 1 October, with Kim’s painting raising £403!
Kim Wilde has created a painting for a charity auction, organized by Samarivans North Herts and Stevenage. The artwork measures around 30 x 23 cm (12 x 10 inches) and features a row of trees as well as the outline of a VW van.
According to Kim: “Every shadow has a source of light. I find my light in a garden. The VW motif has been interpreted in so many different ways for this Samaritans exhibition. Each one of us see the world and our place in it uniquely but we all have the same bones…everyone needs somebody to lean on sometimes. I’m so grateful for the vital work the Samaritans do for us all and really enjoyed the VW painting to support such a wonderful cause.”
At the time of writing, the bidding has already raised an amount of £99, but there is still over a week to go. You can bid on the paiting here.
The auction is organized by Sarah Graham, a full-time artist. You can find out more information about her Samarivans campaign on her website.
Samarivans North Herts and Stevenage is an independent organisation. Although it is part of the national Samaritans operation it is responsible for its own fundraising and is dependent upon donations from organisations and individuals to continue its work. The Samarivans campaign is helping to raise vital funds. The North Herts and Stevenage Samaritans handled 22,103 calls last year. The volunteer-led helpline is available 24/7, 365 days a year, for anyone struggling to cope. They also undertake vital awareness raising work around the local area, and funding is essential to help them do this. Samarivans is raising much needed funding. Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. Anyone can contact Samaritans free any time from any phone in the UK on 116 123, even from a mobile without credit. The number does not show on phone bills.