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You may have previously read the success story of GEM Julie. Initially Julie trained as a Graphic Designer but has also worked as a chef, until a back injury as well as mental health issues changed things. Suffering with anxiety and depression, she got involved with Artshape where she has since spent countless hours on her beautiful artworks.

When we met with Julie earlier this year, she told us she'd like to donate one of her pieces to a local children's charity.  Julie said: "I've always liked helping people. I'd like to think of children and parents who are going through difficult times or who are unwell, having the opportunity to escape for a moment and get lost with the fairies in my artwork."

Julie chose to donate three pieces to the James Hopkins Trust, who provide nursing respite care to life limited and life threatened young children in Gloucestershire, either at their centre or in the family home.

Community, Events and Volunteer Manager Ria told us: "We were delighted to welcome local artist Julie Green to our specialist centre, Kites Corner in Barnwood this week.  We were thrilled to receive Julie's generous donation of three stunning, original and unique pieces of her artwork.   We will be incredibly proud to have Julies work displayed for the children to enjoy.  Thank you to Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and their GEM project for making this this possible."

We were delighted to join Julie and her Navigator Developer Donna from Artshape to deliver the artwork to Kite's Corner and meet some of the children. 


GEM success story Julie donates artwork to local children's charity

by Becky Boseley