New painting is unveiled at hospice’s chapel to raise funds

A NEW painting by artist Robert Sample was recently unveiled at St Michael’s Hospice.

Skyward, commissioned by the Pelling family to celebrate the life and love of Ron and Maud Freeland, is displayed within the main entrance of the hospice chapel.

Robert said: “Painting Skyward has been a great journey for me, taking my painting in directions it previously hasn’t been; moving from figurative to abstract, relying less on tangible imagery but more on expression and feeling.”

Ron and Maud Freeland’s grandson Darren Pelling recently set up a voluntary fundraising organisation called Skyward to raise money for local charities through the sales of artwork donated by artists.

Perdita Chamberlain, head of fundraising at St Michael’s Hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted to display such a meaningful and striking piece, the painting is located in the entrance to our chapel and has already provided patients and their friends and family much pleasure.”

The original image can be seen at St Michael’s Hospice, in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, and copies can be purchased from