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Caitlin ,15, from Maidstone is an Art Star!

15 year old Caitlin from Maidstone has her artwork ‘A Perfect Summer’s Day’ displayed in a stunning virtual children’s art gallery that displays bespoke artwork created by children who are all living with a serious or life-limiting illness.

‘Rays of Sunshine’, a children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the UK by granting their wishes and providing ongoing support, their virtual children’s art gallery went live on 1st March.

Caitlin suffers from Complex Single Ventricle and is awaiting a heart transplant. In 2019, Rays of Sunshine granted her greatest wish to go to Friends Fest so she could immerse herself in her favourite TV show. Her artwork ‘A Perfect Summer’s Day’ will be displayed in the gallery, portraying a relaxing day at the beach with her two dogs Lenny and Roy.

Created alongside Moyosa Media, award winners in digital technology, the gallery aims to celebrate the magical bond between Rays of Sunshine and its beneficiaries, in addition to recognising the charity’s patrons and supporters. Each child has depicted their own interpretation of the theme ‘sunshine, happiness and laughter’ and many of the pieces of art were created during group creative workshops with Rays of Sunshine.

Lindsey Bennister, Chief Executive Officer of Rays of Sunshine, comments: 

“We’re really excited to be launching the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Art Gallery filled with wonderful artwork by our beneficiaries. Every piece on display was created by a child living with a serious or life-limiting illness and the result is a collection of art as unique and inspiring as the children themselves. During the pandemic, Rays of Sunshine has been committed to continuing to support families across the UK, and provide joy and hope, and this gallery is no exception. Bringing together the children and families via virtual art sessions has resulted in some incredible pieces of art, which we are very proud to display. We’re incredibly grateful and thankful to everyone who made this possible, including our generous sponsors, Moyosa Media and, of course, all our very talented artists.”

The Rays of Sunshine Children’s Art Gallery is live here:  https://raysofsunshine.org.uk/childrens-art-gallery/

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community. For more information, or ways to support, please visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.

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