Art show success

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Artists, including TV journalist Andrew Marr, have helped raise almost £11,000 for a stroke survivors’ support group.

The broadcaster, who suffered a stroke last year, donated a painting to be auctioned at the Brushstroke exhibition in St Peter’s, Sudbury, last month.

Like members of the Success After Stroke (SAS) art group, whose pictures were a major feature of the show, he found painting helped his recovery.

A total of 85 artists took part in the exhibition in aid of SAS, with 20 per cent of sales proceeds going to the charity.

Organiser Lizzie Alston said: “We are really delighted with the result. I have a fabulous committee to help me, and it is a lot of work but really worth it.

“Andrew Marr’s painting was auctioned for £1,000.

“I have a journalist friend who knows him and, when we asked him, he emailed straight back and said he would give us a picture. It was very kind of him.”

Tea and coffee sold to exhibition visitors by carers of stroke survivors gave funds a further £500 boost.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported us, especially local businesses who have been so brilliant,” said Lizzie. “There is such generosity in this area.”