An art auction will raise funds for stroke unit campaigners’ Judicial Review bid

Margate artist Alan Chapman with artworks to be auctioned

Works by some of the brightest stars of Thanet’s art world will be auctioned as part of the campaign to save the acute stroke unit in Margate’s QEQM Hospital.

Local artist Alan Chapman is holding the auction as a fundraiser for the judicial review of the decision by NHS bosses to close the stroke unit in favour of a hyper-acute unit at Ashford.

Many of Thanet’s leading artists have donated works to the auction. They include Anthony Giles, Darren Lewis, Mike Samson, Ruth McDonald, Susie Darnton and award-winning photographer Mel Chennell.

Mr Chapman said: “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local artists in the community.  This really is a fabulous opportunity to bring like-minded people together, get the public to own a piece of art and support such a worthy cause.”

Art to be auctioned ranges from paintings, prints and photographs to jewellery and ceramics.   Almost 50 pieces have already been pledged.

All proceeds from the auction will go to Save Our NHS In Kent (SONIK) which has mounted the judicial review of the decision to close the unit.

The auction will be held at 6pm on Saturday, July 20 at the Digi Diner, a new gaming venue in Margate. The owner Robert Osman agreed to host the event free of charge as he said it was for such a good cause.

For those who do not wish to buy a painting, there will be a raffle with some spectacular prizes donated by local businesses.   Guests will be offered a free glass of Prosecco and canapes on arrival to get the party started. A selection of food made by Donna Garfield will be for sale during the course of the evening as part of the fundraiser. A bar is being provided by the Digi Diner.

Mr Chapman said: “I am really looking forward to this event and hope to raise a substantial sum for SONIK. Please come along, spend your money, eat, drink, and have some fun!’’

Doors will be open from 6pm until late and the auction will start at 7pm at the Digi Diner, 59 High St, Margate.

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