Showcase your arts and crafts at event

Rosemary Lorkings wants artists to take part in a charity show in Langham this summer
Rosemary Lorkings wants artists to take part in a charity show in Langham this summer
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An entrepreneur is looking for artists to take part in a summer exhibition.

Rosemary Lorkings, of Langham Lane, Burley-on-the-Hill, is raising money for a children’s heart charity after receiving life-saving surgery herself at the age of 11.

After spending time building up her own preserves business, Rosie Makes Jam, she is switching her attention to giving something back to the community through the art event.

Rosemary said: “Fifty years ago I was one of two children to have groundbreaking heart surgery in the now defunct Southampton Chest Hospital in Hampshire.

“I have always wanted to raise money for a heart cause but it has taken me 50 years to decide what form that should take.

“I wanted an event that would appeal across the board and that was something different for the village. I’m interested in arts and crafts myself and thought it would be something nice for people to get involved in.”

The Art for Heart’s Sake show will take place at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Langham from July 4 to 6.

Rosemary hopes a range of artists, from painters and sculptors to photographers and knitters, will sign up to showcase and sell their work in aid of a good cause.

Money raised will go to the Chain of Hope charity which funds heart surgery for children in third world countries and flies them to the UK for more complicated procedures.

The show will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Rosemary’s own operation.

Anyone who signs up to take part will be charged a small fee to exhibit their work and asked to donate 10 per of their sales to the charity.

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