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Downham Market home The Grange backs The Benjamin Foundation campaign by getting arty

By Julie Graham, Business Editor

Residents at The Grange in Downham have been getting creative to show their support for The Benjamin Foundation, a charity which supports people across Norfolk and Suffolk facing challenges in their lives.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the charity and to mark the occasion, it is creating art installations called Flight for Youth which will feature up to 25,000 glazed pottery butterflies glazed in the charity’s four distinct colours – pink, purple, orange or red.

One installation will be placed at Holkham Hall and the other at The Assembly House in Norwich.

Holkham Hall - The Norfolk stately home of Lord Leicester. (12217541)
Holkham Hall - The Norfolk stately home of Lord Leicester. (12217541)

In addition to the ceramic butterflies, members of the public are being invited to buy a plain butterfly and decorate it themselves.

This idea was embraced by Kingsley Healthcare, which is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, with residents at all 30 of its homes, including The Grange, painting butterflies.

Eugene Nyamande, manager of the Downham home, in Clackclose Road, said: “It’s been a really fun art project for our residents.”

Downham Grange supports The Benjamin Foundation by making butterflies for an art installation (12215041)
Downham Grange supports The Benjamin Foundation by making butterflies for an art installation (12215041)

Suffolk-based Kingsley Healthcare has agreed a major sponsorship deal with The Benjamin Foundation. As well as supporting the art project, Kingsley’s CEO Daya Thayan has made a significant donation to the charity’s £100,000 appeal. The company will also be organising fundraising events for The Benjamin Foundation throughout the year.

Mr Thayan said: “Kingsley started in East Anglia when we bought our first care home in Lowestoft so we thought it was fitting to support a local charity in our anniversary year.”

Colin Lang MBE, special projects manager who has created the appeal explains: “When planning how to mark our anniversary we decided that it must be something that anyone could be a part of and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see the residents at Kingsley Healthcare getting so involved.

"They have come up with some fabulous designs and it’s lovely to see the joy on their faces as they create their masterpieces

“The plain butterflies are a great way to really get involved in our anniversary celebrations as well as being a fantastic idea for group activities, as residents of Kingsley Healthcare have demonstrated.”

The colour glazed artworks and the plain butterflies are available on-line at


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