Banbury area boy's grandfather turning sales of his art into donations for charity

A Banbury area boy's grandfather is turning the sales of his art into donations for Helen & Douglas House hospice this January.

By Matt Elofson
Monday, 18th January 2021, 11:11 pm
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 11:16 pm
Clive Bryant will donate the sales of his art for the month of January to benefit children like his grandson, Zach (pictured), at Helen & Douglas House hospice.
Clive Bryant will donate the sales of his art for the month of January to benefit children like his grandson, Zach (pictured), at Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Clive Bryant is turning the sales of his art into donations to help local children like his grandson, Zach, who lives in Middleton Cheney. He is donating the profits from every painting purchased from www.clivebryant.com this month to Helen & Douglas House.

His first grandson, Zach, was born with an incurable, rare, genetic condition called Menkes Disease. It affects 1-in-200,000 and only boys.

Menkes children have an average life expectancy of just three years. Zach is currently three years old and he has never and will never talk or walk. He is fed through a tube because he cannot swallow. He has regular seizures, which have recently increased in regularity such that he needs to be sedated most of the time.

Clive Bryant will donate the sales of his art for the month of January to benefit children like his grandson, Zach (pictured), at Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Clive said: "As you can imagine, this is such a difficult situation for my daughter, Stephanie and her husband James, to endure and that's where Helen & Douglas House come in. They have provided much-needed respite care to Zach, giving his mum and dad a break from carrying out the round-the-clock duties that he requires. Just a single night makes so much difference to them, and Zach seems to enjoy being with the staff and other kids there too.

"That's just my own family's experience. Helen & Douglas House provide this same wonderful service to 100s of families who have terminally ill children, with the vast majority of their funding coming from donations.

"Because of Covid, 2020 has been particularly challenging, and so I have decided to turn my art sales into charitable donations to this great organisation for the month of January. Imagine what a difference you would make to the families they support by buying a piece of my art, or even by making a donation to them at hdh.org.uk."

Zach’s mum, Stephanie, said: "Helen & Douglas House is such an amazing facility, and we are so fortunate to have access to it.

"We are able to leave our beautiful boy for a short stay knowing he is receiving the best care and attention as he would at home. This allows us to have a worry-free break from our hectic lives, and helps us to come back to our boy feeling refreshed."

Alison Hooker from Helen & Douglas House said: "We cannot thank Clive enough for donating the money from the sales of his wonderful paintings to our charity. We need to raise £3.4m a year to help families like Zach’s and cannot do this without people coming up with such wonderful fundraising ideas like this."

To see Clive’s range of artwork which you can buy to support Helen & Douglas House go to: https://www.clivebryant.com