Local artist exhibiting at Ludlow Food Centre donates 10% of earnings to charity

19th March 2018

Local artist exhibiting at Ludlow Food Centre donates 10% of earnings to charity Local Shropshire artist Meg Hawkins has been exhibiting her work in Ludlow Food Centre’s gift shop gallery space since November 2017. Since May 2016 Ludlow Food Centre have set up a bi-monthly local artist’s space in their gift shop for them to sell their products. Ludlow Food Centre take no commission for any of the products sold, all they ask is that 10% of the artist’s takings get donated to their charity of the year.

Since April 2017 The League of Friends of Ludlow Community Hospital has been the chosen charity of the year at Ludlow Food Centre including The Clive, Ludlow Kitchen and Bromfield Village Shop & Post Office. The League are delighted with how successful Meg’s artwork has sold in her being able to donate £380.00 towards the charity.

Peter Corfield, League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital Chairman, said: “In addition to the League collection boxes placed at each till point throughout the complex, which have produced a regular income, we have been able to take part in the summer and Christmas fairs at the Centre. So far these activities have generated about £1,000 towards improving local healthcare services both at the Hospital and in the Ludlow area. The Food Centre has also supported The League’s Christmas coffee morning by generously providing the mince pies, and also by paying a surprise visit to the Hospital over Christmas with locally produced treats for patients and staff.” “The two events at the Food Centre enabled the League to inform the public about local concerns about healthcare and to recruit new members and volunteers to provide tea and coffee services to our in-patients. We are very grateful to the Management and Staff at the Centre who have worked so hard on our behalf” he added.

The League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital exist primarily to provide comfort for patients and users of Ludlow Community Hospital and to represent the views of members on local healthcare matters. This ranges from providing volunteers for the tea and coffee service to the in-patients and a trolley shop - which offers a range of confectionery, cosmetics and other items at the bedside. Where appropriate, The League also funds equipment that enables a wide-range of outpatient clinics to operate locally so that many patients can avoid the long journeys to Shrewsbury and Telford.

Meg Hawkins, Local Artist in residence at Ludlow Food Centre, said: “It’s been a fantastic few months exhibiting at the Ludlow Food Centre! The response to my art has been immense, with significant sales and website enquiries. The space provided is great to showcase artwork, with fantastic footfall throughout the week and weekend. The Food Centre ask for 10% to go their chosen charity and it is a great way to contribute to a worthy cause. As a local artist it has been fantastic exposure for my business with friendly and helpful staff to work with too! I couldn’t have asked for more."

Paul Hill, General Manager at Ludlow Food Centre commented “We’re delighted to be able to offer the space to support great causes, whether that is our charity of year to whom the money is donated, the incredible artists whose work is displayed, or our customers who benefit from seeing and being able to purchase a constantly updated array of artwork from local artists.”

Ludlow Food Centre’s upstairs gift shop also hosts an array of local crafts, pottery, books, wrap, cards, children’s toys, kitchenware and gifts for all occasions. For more examples of Meg’s work, visit her website: https://www.meghawkins.co.uk/

If you are a local artist wishing to sell your work at Ludlow Food Centre, e-mail Paul at paul.hill@ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk 

To contribute to Ludlow Food Centre’s fundraising effort, pop in and donate using the charity boxes across Ludlow Food Centre, Ludlow Kitchen, The Clive and Bromfield village shop and post office.