Art exhibition opens to support Swaffham day care centre

Launch of the Merle Boddy Day Centre Art Exhibition at Swaffham Community Centre.'LtoR,  Georgina Bell (Day Services Manager), Swaffham Mayor Anne Thorp. Mayor's consort Barrie Thorp, Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold. ANL-150209-075726009
Launch of the Merle Boddy Day Centre Art Exhibition at Swaffham Community Centre.'LtoR, Georgina Bell (Day Services Manager), Swaffham Mayor Anne Thorp. Mayor's consort Barrie Thorp, Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold. ANL-150209-075726009
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Dozens of paintings have gone on display in Swaffham at an exhibition to raise funds for a town day centre.

Fifty works of art have been donated by supporters of the Merle Boddy centre for the show at the community centre, which will run throughout September.

All of the paintings are being offered for sale, with the proceeds going to the centre, which supports people with mental health conditions.

Day services manager Georgina Bell said the event was the first of its kind to be held in aid of the centre, after they were invited to use the space by the Iceni Partnership.

She said: “I was offered the gallery and grabbed it with both hands.”

And she has also paid tribute to all those who donated paintings following her appeal for supporters to come forward.

She said: “I’m just so thrilled with them. We put the word out and people came with all these paintings. It was fantastic.”

The exhibition opened with a wine and nibbles evening last night, which was attended by the town’s former MP, Baroness Shephard, and the current mayor, Anne Thorp.

And Mrs Bell said: “It was wonderful to have them there.”

The display will be open Monday to Friday, between 8am and 6pm, throughout September.

Proceeds from the sales of the paintings, which all have a price shown with them, will go towards meeting the centre’s ongoing running costs.

Mrs Bell added: “We’re always looking to raise funds. We need lots of different things.”