A talented Norfolk artist has pledged to raise thousands of pounds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) by painting a memorable picture every day in 2018.

Gill Starkie, from Forncett St Mary, is inviting supporters to choose an image and a date they want to commemorate. She will then paint the image in watercolours, on the chosen day, in return for a minimum donation of £20.

By the end of the year, she will have produced a book full of thought-provoking pictures.

Gill said: “Making memories is a part of our everyday lives; we think nothing of it. For example, take a simple day at the beach – we enjoy the salt sea air on our children’s faces, we listen to the crackle of crushed shells as we walk and run with them hand in hand. We’ve all the time in the world to watch them develop and grow from little babies to grown up, independent adults.

“However, that’s not always the case. Making memories is vital when time is short and EACH helps families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that last forever.”

Gill Starkie painting

EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia, and supports their family members. The good cause relies on voluntary donations for the majority of its income.

Gill added: “I’m inspired by the beauty of the countryside and the coast. It’s a wonderful place to live and paint.

“This challenge was dreamt up after questioning what I was giving back to the local area. Losing a loved one is devastating. Looking back on their life and delighting in happy memories aids the bereavement process. However, losing a child who hasn’t had the time and opportunity to create happy memories must be totally heartbreaking. EACH assists in creating memories and that’s exactly what I do within a painting.”

Gill will personalise each image she paints this year by adding the supporter’s name and a short description of why they have chosen their date.

For full details go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gillstarkie365paintings. For more on EACH go to www.each.org.uk.