A beautifully illustrated wall calendar is set to raise thousands of pounds for Hope House and Ty Gobaith this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a talented amateur artist and his friends in the printing industry.
Gerry Acton from Ludlow has chosen 12 of his stunning gouache paintings of horses, dogs, birds, cattle and sheep for the top quality calendar which comes in its own presentation sleeve and would make a stunning present.
Every penny of the £10 cover price will directly help local children and their families who depend on vital care from Hope House and Ty Gobaith.
The calendar includes some of the paintings of animals at the Guiting Power Rare Breeds Centre, started by Joe Henson, dad of Countryfile’s Adam Henson. Gerry was commissioned to go there by Massey Ferguson in the 1980s and his paintings were used in their popular calendar for customers.
Although Gerry began his working life as a commercial artist, it was in the field of printing where he built his hugely successful career, eventually owning a company employing 400 people. It was while giving a talk about his fascinating life for Ludlow Friends of Hope House that he had the idea for the calendar.
With the help of his printing industry contacts at Blast Design and ITG of Birmingham more than 3000 copies have been produced free of charge – if they all sell at £10 each that will mean more than £30,000 for Hope House and Ty Gobaith!
You can pick up your copy of Gerry’s calendar at any Hope House or Ty Gobaith shop or order yours from our online shop here
or by calling us on 01978 262901 for mail order (postage and packing is £3.50)
Ludlow Friends of Hope House are also hosting a second talk by Gerry– From Painting to Printing and Back Again with a Little Bit of Rugby Thrown In – on October 19th at Ludlow’s St Peter’s Church Hall at 7pm. Tickets are £10 to include supper and are available from Chairman Norman Tudge on 01584 831243.