Posts Tagged ‘charity’

3100 Miles

July 11, 2012

This is Kevin Sharp, after reading this blog you’ll either think he’s amazing or just crazy!

Kevin is currently travelling across America.  So what’s the big deal?  Well he’s RUNNING it and completely unsupported ……. 3100 miles in 95 days, that’s an average of 33.5 miles per day.

Why?  Well firstly Kevin quite simply likes to run and secondly because he will also be raising money for 2 very deserving charities that have personally affected him, The National Autistic Society and The Royal British Legion.

Here’s what Kevin has to say about his epic journey.

My name is Kevin Sharp and I am a 30 year old Aerospace Engineer from Nuneaton in Warwickshire.  I have been passionate about running from a very early age and I love to run! It is what I do  best!  When I run, I am at my happiest! It’s like an addiction! I have run marathons in the past and have recently been dabbling with longer and longer distances. It has always been my ambition to achieve something epic and go a bit beyond the norm so I have decided to focus my running efforts into something purposeful.

It is my intention to run solo, coast to coast across the United States of America from Washington State to Virginia. About 3100 miles according to Google maps. I will be unsupported and funding the whole trip out of my own pocket. According to my research, more people have summited Everest than have run across America solo. Not too hard then…

I will also be running in aid of two charities: The National Autistic Society andThe Royal British Legion. My younger brother suffers with Autism. It will be great to support the NAS for the help and guidance they have given my family and also to raise awareness of Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. The Royal British Legion is equally important to me as some of my closest friends are currently serving in the Army. I am  aware of the sacrifices service men and women make on a daily basis and I am keen to support the Royal British Legion in their efforts to assist veterans and serving personnel.

Kevin needs your help, and there is more than one way to do this.

Visit Kevins own blog page – 3100 Miles – and follow his journey, it would also be really nice if you could post some words of encouragement.  He’s out there on his own, but it needs only to be in body!

Share Kevins story in which ever way you can, his story deserves to be told.

If you can (and we know times are tough for many of you) please visit Virgin Money Giving and make a donation … really every penny counts … to Kevin and to the charities that he is supporting.



April 26, 2011

For a brilliant night out and to support an amazing charity head down to the Attic Bar in Stokes Croft on the 6th May. 

Temwa is a very hard-working Bristol based charity who are continually fund-raising in order to provide a sustainable future for the people of Malawi through community based projects.  100% of the profits from the event go directly to Temwa. 

It’s a really fun night and you may even pick yourself up an arty bargain. 

For more about Temwa and the event please take a look at press release here Art for Africa 2011 Press Release

Win A Portrait Painted By Artist Vincent Brown

June 15, 2009

Bristol based Artist Vincent Brown is a multi award winning artist who produces figurative art relating to the human form, predominately the painted portrait. His work has won him much acclaim and has been exhibited at some of the most prestigious portrait exhibitions in recent years, including the BP Portrait Awards and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. 

Vincent has very generously offered a raffle prize in support of the cause GetDringMobile, who are currently raising funds to purchase a fully adapted vehicle for friend Mike Dring who broke his neck in a road traffic accident in 1996, which left him confined to a wheelchair.  Such a vehicle will allow Mike to drive independently whilst remaining in his wheelchair.  The the winner will have their very own portrait painted by Vincent, whose work is phenomenal, his paintings have sold for up to £7k so this truly is an amazing prize.

Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased by using the paypal button on the how to give page of the GetDringMobile blog at, please ensure that you state the payment is for raffle tickets, the number that you wish to purchase and your name and address under the “instructions to seller” option.  Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to Get Dring Mobile to GetDringMobile c/o 28a Royal Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 9DQ again please ensure that you include your name and address.

There is no maximum number of tickets, good luck.

Here are some examples of Vincents commissioned portraiture, to see more of Vincents work please visit



TEMWA – Art For Africa 23/04/09

April 16, 2009
Art For Africa event flyer.

Art For Africa event flyer.

After a successful event in July 2008, Temwa is back with: ‘Art for Africa’ Street Art Auction.

Featuring some of Bristol’s world-renowned street artists, this exciting event will raise money for Temwa’s sustainable community-based projects in Malawi, Africa…

And if that wasn’t enough, revellers will also be entertained by classic soul, funk and hiphop from the Monster Piece DJs and The Disco Two.
Entry is free and raffle tickets cost just £1.00 each….
All art works has been donated and it is only through the generosity of our supporting artists that we are able to organise what will be an exceptional evening. Remember, 100% of proceeds raised will go directly to Temwa.
About Temwa:
Temwa’s objective is to help build a sustainable future for the people of Malawi through community-based projects. Temwa is working with the people of Malawi, enabling them to become self sufficient and giving them hope for their families’ futures.

For more information about Temwa please visit

69 Show Comes Together

March 10, 2009

What a day.

The day started at 11ish, laying out the art work where we intended to hang it. The art went up, and came back down again, got moved, went up and came back down again. This happened for most of the morning and well into the afternoon.

Then after a red bull or two, not only did we get wings but some inspiration too and the pieces started flying up. 12 hours later most of the show was hung, phew.

Looking forward to putting the finishes touches together tomorrow and throwing open those doors.

Coming Together

Coming Together

New Gallery To Hit Bristol

March 8, 2009

Well this is the week that the all brand new Wilder Street Gallery throws open is doors to the public. Located at 131-133 Wilder Street, St Pauls Bristol, he building, Co2Zero, is a work of art in itself. The scheme is heavily ECO biased and is the first zero carbon live/work developement in the UK.

We have been working very hard co-curating the opening group show “69”.

69 group show flyer

69 group show flyer

Opening night is on Tuesday the 10th of March namely because this happens to be the 69th day of the year, featuring artists including Mr Jago, Inkie, Joeseph Loughborough, Dr.d and Brian Jones. There will also be a live music set and other visual delights.

The show is supporting the Terence Higgins Trust with 10% of sales from the show being donated.





The Mercy Centre Foundation Appeal

September 23, 2008

During the last few months three lowly sketch pads have been making their way around the country and pitching up at the studios and homes of some very well recognised artists.  Their once empty pages are now over flowing with paintings from –


Mr Jago                                                   


Guy Denning



Jef Aerosol

Matt Small                            

Miss Bugs

Mau Mau

Brian Jones

Dale Grimshaw


Nick Walker


These sketch pads have now made their way back to the place where it all began, but this is not the end of the journey, they have one final trip to make and it could be to your house!


The pads are to be auctioned in October in order to raise funds for the Mercy Centre Foundation who work to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok.  You could win an incredibly rare piece of art and help an extremely worthwhile cause.


For more information on this fund-raising event and the Mercy Centre Foundation please visit


Art work can be viewed here –



All that’s left to say now is good luck and thanks to all that take part in the auction and of course to Neil (aka Harveyn) and Ged who have set up and organised this fund-raiser.