The Murray Parish Trust are one of the three charities that have been supported by The Winchester Portrait Exhibition over the past week, alongside Friends of PICU and Winchester Cathedral.
The exhibition organised by Nadine Collinson and Michael Butters is on it’s final day at The Great Hall in Winchester (closing at 5pm) and features over 100 portraits of people in and around Hampshire who have made an impression on local life through their work and activities.
Both Sarah Parish and James Murray have portraits in the exhibition due to their tireless fundraising for paediatric services across the South of England, via The Murray Parish Trust, and we are overwhelmed to learn that as a result of the exhibition someone felt inspired by our story and donated £10,000 to the charity.
This donation will go through the Barker-Mill Foundation/Daily Echo #MatchMyMoney campaign, which will double the £10k, then, with the match-funding already in place from central government, will double it again. This makes a total of £40,000 for our #2MillionSteps appeal – a phenomenal amount.
We are currently fundraising to reach our goal of £2 million to build a brand-new Children’s A&E Trauma department at Southampton University Hospital which will care for critically ill or injured children from Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Devon and the Channel Islands.
We want to say a massive thank you to the anonymous donor – your gift will make a huge difference to so many lives.
Winchester Portrait Exhibition closes today at 5pm. A book accompanies the exhibition, which includes the portraits and articles about the portrait subjects and their diverse and fascinating stories. The book has been on sale during the exhibition and is still available in local shops after the exhibition has concluded. In addition, they have held a silent auction online running for the month of April and throughout the exhibition week which closes at 8pm this evening.
Photo credit: Javaid Akhtar