Raffle raises £1,755

Sculptor Bernard McGuigan and St Michael's Hospice Chief Executive Celia Pyke-Lees SUS-151119-093816001
Sculptor Bernard McGuigan and St Michael's Hospice Chief Executive Celia Pyke-Lees SUS-151119-093816001

A stone sculpture by critically acclaimed sculptor Bernard McGuigan was one of three prizes donated to a St Michaels Hospice raffle that raised close to £2,000 for the charity.

Bernard, who is also a printmaker, donated one of his original stone sculptures, photographer Steve Winney donated a large, impressive framed print, and a therapeutic massage was donated by Bernard’s partner, renowned practitioner Kate Burton to the local charity.

Bernard says both he and Kate were inspired to support St Michael’s Hospice after recently moving to St Leonards on Sea. “We have taken walks around the beautiful and tranquil Hospice gardens, and attended a number of Hospice events,” he said.

“We were deeply saddened by the news of the devastating fire at the Hospice, which coincided with a friend receiving end of life care there and, as a result, we decided to do something positive and supportive for St Michael’s and set ourselves a fundraising target of £1,000.”

The raffle was drawn by Celia Pyke-Lees, Chief Executive St Michael’s Hospice on Thursday November 5.

The first prize, Bernard’s stone sculpture, was won by Petula from Suffolk. The winner of the second prize, Steve Winney’s print, lives in London and third prize, Kate Burton’s therapeutic massage was won by Eleanor

Perdita Chamberlain, Head of Fundraising at the Hospice said: “The raffle was so enthusiastically and generously supported that Bernard and Kate smashed their target and raised an amazing £1,755!

“Bernard’s work is incredible; he is a talented sculptor and we are honoured to have his support.

“We thank Bernard, Kate and photographer Steve Winney for donating the prizes and everyone who bought a raffle ticket.”

Examples of Bernard’s work can be viewed on his website: www.bernard-mcguigan.co.uk/.