How amazing it is to hear of the “hidden” talents of a Hartlepool woman who has been left bed-bound by multiple illnesses.
Maxine Gray, 65, is unable to leave her bed unaided after becoming ill.
But despite her daily struggles she has discovered a talent for drawing and painting animals.
And the story is made even more remarkable as the mum-of-two is going to have her work exhibited at the town’s Central Library.
Maxine suffers from a number of illnesses, including fibromyalgia, a condition which causes pain all over the body, as well as chronic fatigue, diabetes, sleep apnoea and spinal problems.
“I am bed -bound so my daughter Rachael was trying to engage me in different things,” she said.
“She brought me pencils, an easel and paints and said: ‘Have a go, mum’, so in the end I had a go and it’s been life changing.”
And the idea proved to be a huge success.
“I showed a lady at the library a few of my pictures,” added Maxine, “ and she said they were really good, and they would like to give me an exhibition.
“I was really pleased.” Well done Maxine, you’re an inspiration.