Chilterns MS Centre’s Pop-Up Art Weekend proved a popular event once again, raising over £16,000 to help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) to reach their goals and live healthier and happier lives.
Visitors were greeted by a range of work including paintings, photographs, ceramics, glass and jewellery. Over 85 painters, jewellers, potters, and ceramists exhibited their work, including Liz Grammenos, Lori North, Geoff Hutchins, Catherine Golds and students from the Buckinghamshire College Group. Chilterns annual event raised a record-breaking amount this year, which will make such a difference to families affected by MS in the Chilterns area and beyond.
Over the years over £120,000 has been raised in total to help the Centre to provide physical, practical and emotional support to people with MS and their families. The services are free to those affected by MS and so events like the Art Weekend provide the vital funds the Centre needs to keep supporting the local MS community.
Harriet Karia, Head of Fundraising & Communications said:
“It’s fantastic that the community turned out to support the Centre, as we rely so much on the generosity of others to be able to run our services. We help people to do the simple things many of us take for granted, like brushing their own teeth or being able to play with their grandchildren.
“Such a small thing can make a huge difference to someone living with MS, and the funds raised will help more people with MS to achieve their goals. We thank all of the artists who took part in the exhibition for making this such an excellent show. We also want to thank all of our sponsors, including Michael Anthony Estate Agents, for their invaluable support again this year.“
The show would not have been possible without the charity’s dedicated art committee and their army of volunteers too. They transformed the Centre overnight, rallied around in the café and on the cake stall and all worked hard to ensure this was a successful event.