In 2014, Belinda Gray completed treatment for an out-of-the-blue diagnosis of breast cancer aged 47. She, with the help of her friend and fellow art lover, Sally Ball organised the first Art For Cure art and outdoor sculpture show at her home and gardens in Suffolk to raise money for breast cancer research. During the early planning of the event, sadly Sally was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
Art for Cure 2014 was an amazing and astonishing success – £200,000 of art and sculpture was sold in 3 days and over £100,000 was raised for the leading breast cancer charity, Breakthrough. Our donation to Breakthrough, (now re-branded Breast Cancer Now) was the largest amount raised by a privately organised event in 2014.
Art for Cure was originally designed to be a one-off event but we took the bold and exciting step to stage Art for Cure in 2016 at Glemham Hall. We also incorporated Art for Cure as a Charitable Company at Companies House ( No. 1175161) together with a wholly owned subsidiary, Art for Cure Enterprises Ltd which stages the events and raises funds to distribute to organisations involved in researching a cure for breast cancer, as well as other organisations involved in caring for those affected by breast cancer.
We are therefore proud to report that in 2016 with your help, at Glemham Hall, we raised a staggering £175,000. Of that have donated £100,000 to Breast Cancer Now and £74,000 to support Suffolk-based services and projects which are supporting those diagnosed with breast cancer. These include a new wig service, beauty workshops, counselling services and support for nutrition, diet and exercise.
This year 2018 saw a second exhibition at Glemham Hall with 100 artists and sculptors exhibiting from all over the country . A staggerring £225,000 was raised , 10,000 people attended with an opening private view for 500 guests . Once again we have suppported national breast cancer research with an £100,000 donation , given £100,000 to the Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal ( towards their new breast cancer unit) and funded training for local gym supervisors to be coached in fitness after treatment for those who have been through breast cancer.
To diversify in our fundraisong , AFC has organised an Asian charity bike ride, managed by top UK Charity Challenge company - made up of 45 enthusiastic cyclists to ride from Ho Chi Minh in Southern Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia - 450kms in 10 days to further boost fundraising for 2018! The adventure begins at Heathrow on Nov 15th - 25th 2018. Please go to the donate page on this website if you would like to sponsor us .
Chair and Founder - Art for Cure