Kind-hearted fundraiser to hold art exhibition in her own front room

Artist Marjorie Shotton with one of her paintings.
Artist Marjorie Shotton with one of her paintings.

FUNDRAISING is a work of art for kind-hearted Marjorie Shotton - who is holding an exhibition in her own front room.

Marjorie and husband Mark are no strangers to putting on an art exhibition in their home at Catlow Hill Farm, in South Wingate.

In the past the displays have raised money for breast cancer research and the Great North Air Ambulance.

But after Mark had a prostate cancer scare last year, the kind-hearted couple decided to organise another exhibition in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

Fortunately Mark’s treatment after the diagnosis in June last year worked and he was given the all-clear.

But now Marjorie and Mark, who have two children and three grandchildren, are hoping to raise “as much as possible” to help others who are battling the deadly disease.

Marjorie is quite a dab hand when it comes to art and her work will take pride of place alongside the paintings and work of nine others from the Cleveland Art Society at the exhibition next Friday, July 19.

Marjorie, who runs a bed and breakfast on the farm and is a member of Cleveland Art Society, said: “Our art exhibitions in the past have been a real success.

“Our last one was about four or five years ago when we were supporting the Great North Air Ambulance.

“We have thought about raising money for Prostate Cancer UK in the past and after Mark was diagnosed and had treatment last year we decided to support the cause this year.

“I think prostate cancer is something which people are quite discreet about, they don’t like to talk about it and it has been in the news quite a lot recently.”

Marjorie is now asking people who want to go along to the exhibition next Friday to book a spot in advance so she knows how many to cater for.

Admission is £10 which includes wine and canapes.

Marjorie added: “Obviously we would like to get as many people along to the exhibition as possible.

“We will have all different types of work on show from extremely good artists.”

To book a place at the exhibition, which will start at 7pm, call Marjorie on (01429) 836275.