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 Art For Cure, an 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.
Every year in the UK, 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and just under 12,000 die from the disease. The charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’ (renamed following the recent merger of Breakthrough and Breast Cancer Campaign) want to change these statistics and hope that by 2050, no one in the UK diagnosed with breast cancer will die of the disease. Two years on, both Belinda and Sally are back to full fighting force and are now busy planning Art for Cure 2016 which promises to be an even larger exhibition held in the stunning grounds and stately residence of Glemham Hall, Suffolk from 29th April to 2nd May 2016.
In 2013 when Art of Cure was just an idea we had no conception that it would, with your help, raise a breathtaking 6 figure sum in our 2014 maiden exhibition.
Art for Cure was originally designed to be a one-off event. Now that we have taken the bold and exciting step to stage Art for Cure in 2016 at Glemham Hall we have made the important decision to incorporate Art for Cure as a UK Charity. This process is firmly underway. In the meantime, Art for Cure Enterprises Ltd has already been registered at Companies House and assumes the day to day responsibility for staging our 2016 exhibition.
Art for Cure Enterprises is a wholly owned subsidiary of Art for Cure – a Section 30 Charitable Company limited by Guarantee – registration number 10054014) Art for Cure will be a Grant Giving charity and will distribute funds in furtherance of its charitable objective to support the cure and care of breast cancer.
“We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of Suffolk, and we hope that together, through the sale of paintings, prints and sculpture, we can raise a phenomenal amount to support this vital charity as well as help East Anglian services that provide care and support to those affected by breast cancer”.