Auction of abstract art will aid charity's project to fund pool
STUNNING large-scale abstract art that would grace any home is being auctioned to help a Plymouth charity.
And today is your chance to view and buy, as Independence South West is staging its Christmas fair at Plymstock.
All the artworks – the smallest two metres square – have been created by 21 vulnerable adults using the centre at Rockville Park.
All need support, many are in wheelchairs, some need 24-hour care and one is blind.
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But that doesn't stop them having a full life and enjoying challenges such as Britain's longest zip-wire or a 10,000-foot parachute jump.
All enjoy art, expressing themselves with acrylic paint on large canvases or fabric pinned to frames, or creating 3D works.
The charity, founded 60 years ago to help two people with cerebral palsy, has ambitious plans to build its own £400,000 hydrotherapy pool.
Support worker Chris Beardsmore said: "Plymouth has 5,000 people in wheelchairs or who would benefit from hydrotherapy, and that's not counting the elderly and people with sports injuries.
"There are hydrotherapy pools at Derriford and Woodlands, but it's not nearly enough."
The charity already has outline planning permission, but has so far raised just £3,500 towards the project.
It hopes sales of the paintings will bring in more money, as well as raising awareness of its work.
Anyone who would like to bid for one of the artworks is invited along to the Christmas fair from 11am-3pm today or phone 01752 401520.