John Lewis opens its arms to children’s charity and unveils new art wall

The new community art wall at the Place To Eat in John Lewis. From left, Brenda Rumney, Rita Cole, Pauline George, and Gillian George, study the first art on the wall, charcoal drawings by Bob Larking. Picture: Denise Bradley The new community art wall at the Place To Eat in John Lewis. From left, Brenda Rumney, Rita Cole, Pauline George, and Gillian George, study the first art on the wall, charcoal drawings by Bob Larking. Picture: Denise Bradley

Donna-Louise Bishop donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk
Thursday, October 3, 2013
9:06 AM

From a charity tea party to a new community art wall, a Norwich-based department store has been doing its bit to help others.

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John Lewis welcomed 10 children from the charity Chernobyl Children, to spend the day at the store and they enjoyed a tea party in the restaurant and received a dressing gown each as a gift from the store.John Lewis welcomed 10 children from the charity Chernobyl Children, to spend the day at the store and they enjoyed a tea party in the restaurant and received a dressing gown each as a gift from the store.

John Lewis has recently unveiled the art wall and is now appealing to local groups or charities who may be interested in displaying artworks on it.

The first exhibition was revealed this week and shows a series of charcoal drawings of Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, in the Wensum Valley, near Fakenham, to celebrate its 10th anniversary

They were created by local artist and illustrator Bob Larking, who said: “Working outdoors at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve has been a joyful experience.

“I am pleased with the results and my exhibition there has been very well received.

“John Lewis has generously created an opportunity to raise awareness about this beautiful nature reserve and it is a privilege to exhibit my artworks.”

Managed by national wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, the reserve contains rare fen and reed bed habitat as well as water vole, butterflies, dragonflies and rare plants.

The exhibition – An Ancient Silence – will be on show in the store’s Place to Eat restaurant until October 31 and Mr Larking will also return for a “meet the artist day” on October 26, from 10am to 4pm, on the Mezzanine level.

John Lewis also recently welcomed 10 children from the charity Chernobyl Children, to spend the day at the store.

The charity, which supports children aged six to 13 affected by the Soviet nuclear disaster, allows children to visit the UK and stay with a family for one month, each year.

The idea is to help boost the children’s immune systems and enable them to enjoy a healthier, fuller and longer life.

During their time at John Lewis, the children enjoyed a tea party in the restaurant and received a dressing gown each as a gift from the store.

Sue Yerby, a volunteer for the Friends of Chernobyl Children, said: “The winters in Belarus get very cold, usually the children have to put on as many clothes as they can to keep warm but these dressing gowns will make a huge difference.

“The children have come across from an area that is still heavily affected by the Chernobyl disaster. They come over for a month each year and as they have so little back home they really appreciate any sort of donations.”

If you are interested in exhibiting artworks on the new community art wall contact Laura Gray at marketing_norwich@johnlewis.co.uk or click here to find out more.

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