An artist from Stroud is offering to create free portraits for people if they donate towards the acquisition and distribution of PPE to healthcare teams across the UK.
Jessy Plant’s fundraising group, the Anti-detachment Society is bringing together artists across the UK, each with their own unique style, in order to offer an incentive for donations.
Jessy said: “A friend of mine Charleigh had the original idea, but wasn’t sure how to implement things so she contacted me and a few others to help out.
“We have all seen our incomes disappear during the lockdown and so can’t donate to causes ourselves but wanted to do something to help, so we decided that we could offer our art as an incentive for donations.
“We are offering portraits to people who donate, we all have unique styles and all use a mixture of techniques, either drawn or painted.
“The product that people are getting is a digital file of their portraits.”
The group are aiming to raise £500 to buy PPE equipment such as face masks, visors, surgical masks and gloves through various vetted groups.
By donating £5, you will get a lucky dip pick of which artist will create your portrait, or for slightly more you can choose which artist paints yours.
“We are making them to be fit for social media profiles,” said Jessy. “And we have an email address set up so people can send us an image of themselves.
“We also ask permission before posting to our social media so if people want a portrait but don’t want it to be shared that’s totally ok with us, and we have also been sent images of people’s kids and pets so it could also be a great way to get a gift for someone.”
She added: “We all have family and friends who are on the frontlines and we want to do what we can to support them.”
Once you have sent your donation, email a good quality portrait image to firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate, or to contact the artists, visit bit.ly/2VeqRLh