CBeebies artist Jane Pickworth has created fabulous colouring-in Christmas designs to raise awareness of the work done by Shropshire Supports Refugees
CBeebies voice artist and visual designer Jane Pickworth has created wonderful colour-in Christmas designs for refugee children in our town.
The colouring sheets are available to collect from Shropshire Supports Refugees community hub (3-5 Mardol Gardens).
Shrewsbury artist Jane, who created the ‘Supertato’ logo for CBeebies and has also worked on hit shows Love Monster and Numtums, has created three additional exclusive Christmas card designs, with packs of three now on sale for £5 at the hub.
Jane was inspired to create the designs thanks to her own relative's experience as a refugee, arriving in the UK from Austria in 1902.
Amanda Jones, CEO and Founder of Shropshire Supports Refugees, said: “We’re making the colouring-in sheets available for all the refugee children, but they’re also for anyone who’d like their children to be refugee aware.
“We’ll leave them in the foyer - please colour them in and bring them back in so we can hang them up in the hub as Christmas decorations. It helps us to brighten up the hub, makes a point and is inclusive. I would like to thank Jane for everything she has been doing to support Shropshire Supports Refugees - for the colouring-in sheets, the Christmas cards - Jane has also given us her brilliant artwork to put up on the walls and is kindly donating 50% of profits to help support the work we do with refugees and their families.”
The hub is currently showing artwork by Jane Pickworth and photography by Tony Reed and James Warman - with all works available for sale in the run-up to Christmas.
“I really want to help Amanda and her hub because she’s doing an amazing job,” Jane said. “The hub is full of artwork coming up to Christmas - we need to get people coming to buy them. It’s a great opportunity for local artists to showcase and sell their work.”
Amanda is keen to invite more local artists to take part: “We’d still love to fill the rest of the hub with beautiful art, so if you’ve got any artwork, we’d love to have it. “All the artwork is for sale, but artists don’t have to raise money for us - it’s nice if they do, but we’re just glad to cheer the place up.”
In the winter months, Amanda also needs donations of coats and warm clothing - and money - to support the vital work of Shropshire Supports Refugees. She is also appealing for donations of sweets for a Christmas grotto at the hub, along with toys for children accommodated in the hotels:
“We’re busy trying to meet the needs of the three asylum hotels in particular that need endless amounts of coats and warm clothing, also money to buy clothes and pants and socks. We’ve run out of money - so please do kindly donate on our website, or do a little fundraiser for us. Everything counts. People can make monthly donations through the website.
“We need money and specifically warm coats, shoes, clothes which can be dropped off at the hub in Mardol, or at the Creative Training Spaces next to the Gratitude Cafe in Duke St, Wellington. It’s a bottomless pit of need at the moment.”
- The Shrewsbury hub at 3-5 Mardol Gardens, SY1 1PR is open Mon - Sat, 10am to 4pm and the Wellington hub, Mon - Thurs 9am -2pm. Pop in and pick up the free colouring in sheets, and buy a set of cards to support Shropshire Supports Refugees.