Handcross Park pupil uses love of painting to raise funds for charity

Lily paints for the Alzheimer's Society after her nan was diagnosed with the disease
Lily paints for the Alzheimer's Society after her nan was diagnosed with the disease

A six year old pupil from Handcross Park School has used her love of painting to raise £600 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Lily Stonehill from Brighton decided to host her own Brighton Open House art sale to raise money. It’s a charity close to Lily’s heart as her Grandmother has Alzheimer’s and Lily and her family look after her.

Lily worked hard to produce twenty-five canvases and invited all her friends and delivered leaflets locally inviting neighbours. The sale was topped off with cakes and tea and a prize draw was donated by the Brighton Wheel for a VIP champagne trip.

Lily’s Mum, Michelle Stonehill said, “Lily had a target of £350 but when it went up to £600 I was amazed. Sadly, this disease seems to affect so many peoples’ lives.” She added, “I am very proud of her for thinking of doing this, she is a really caring girl and helps her Nanny such a lot too.”

Lily, who wants to be a doctor, a hairdresser and an artist when she grows up, said, “I really hope there can be a cure for Alzheimer’s.”

It is estimated that there are currently 25 million people in the UK who have a close friend or family member with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society not only supports sufferers and their carers but also invests into research for a cure.

If you would like to make a donation you can go online to www.justgiving.com/Lily-Stonehill or donate via www.alzheimers.org.uk

Report and pictures contributed by Handcross Park School.