Littlehampton’s Greta raises hundreds for severely-ill children

Greta with some of her work during her display, at the end of last year                                                         L47134H13

Greta with some of her work during her display, at the end of last year L47134H13

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A LITTLEHAMPTON artist is celebrating drumming up much-needed cash for a needy children’s hospice in Poling.

Greta Marriott, of Rope Walk, held a fundraising exhibition in November, entitled The Joys of Nature, which generated more than £400 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

Greta, 72, featured a range of her watercolour paintings, at the Littlehampton Museum, in Church Street – work she was selling for the hospice.

Speaking of her success, she said: “I’m delighted. It’s absolutely fantastic, I’m really pleased by it.”

Greta explained the charity was something very close to her heart.

She said that when she was younger, she did vital research into leukaemia and genetics – studies which provided the foundation of many modern-day treatments.

Greta said: “I originally trained as a sister and in that time cared for sick children before these kind of hospices opened.

“While I was there I felt so sorry for the children that were ill.

“In the days past they were admitted to the general wards. The mothers, dads, brothers and sisters could only come for a small amount of time.

“But at hospices like Chestnut Tree House, they can spend a lot more time with their families.

“It’s such a worthy charity and I’m so pleased to do my bit to help.”

Greta has undertaken several exhibitions over the years.

She estimates that she has raised in excess of £2,000 for the children’s hospice.