Niamh Manley, 16, from New Ash Green, has raised £750 for ellenor by creating a calendar featuring her late Grandfather’s paintings. Niamh, a year 11 pupil at Mayfield Grammar School in Gravesend, sold 200 copies of the calendar to friends and family and locally in the village.
Niamh’s Grandfather, John Manley MBE, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the autumn of 2013 and was cared for by ellenor in his last few months before his death on 29 October of that year. He was an architect, bomb disposal officer, New Ash Green Rugby Club founder and an artist.
Before her Grandfather became ill, the pair had planned to create a calendar using Niamh’s photography and John’s paintings.
“After he died, I decided to complete our project and create this calendar to commemorate his life and his talent,” says Niamh. “He never had any formal art training and was encouraged to start painting by the wife of a life-long friend. He concentrated on pen, ink and water colour sketches, working from photographs and quick sketches which he made of places that interested him.”
The family has also sold some of John Manley MBE’s paintings, which also raised funds for ellenor.
The £750 raised by Niamh could provide 44 hours of care for one patient on the inpatient ward at ellenor Gravesend.