Friend of Stuff Anne Beesley recently went about creating a unique range of T-shirts to support Above & Beyond’s COVID appeal and the charity for Bristol’s Hospitals, and also a charity Stuff has previously been proud to support and work with.
Here is Anne’s tale and how you can help by buying one of her very unique designs…
I had been following the news wishing I could do something more than just volunteer to be an NHS Responder whilst my family worked from home. I wanted to do something worthwhile! This competition seemed the perfect opportunity to make a meaningful contribution and to get back in touch with my artistic past.
The sunny long weekend was spent in our back garden happily creating my design with pastels on coloured paper. I found the drawing process relaxing at a time when the world seemed a very strange, different, and scary place My design includes a rainbow to represent the NHS and a swallow as a symbol of optimism. I wanted my design to radiate a sense of positivity which will give us hope for a happier, clearer and safer future.
The name ‘Out of the Unknown’ is so-called to convey the journey as the swallow flies from a time of crisis to a better place. Unfortunately, my submission was not successful, but, after some encouragement from my friends and family, I decided to produce and sell the t-shirts anyway. I was excited to do my small bit to help the fantastic NHS staff that have been working on the frontlines. In the cold light of day, the plan seemed a little ambitious!
All funds raised from t-shirt sales will be donated to Above & Beyond’s COVID Appeal. This is an emergency funding pot for anyone working in Bristol’s hospitals. Your contributions will help to provide support to NHS staff during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.If I can raise a bit of money for all of our wonderful NHS workers who have risked everything, the least I can do is to make myself a little uncomfortable.
To buy one of Anne’s T-shirts please visit Out of the Unknown- Above and Beyond T-Shirts