A Derry art teacher will be showing and selling some of his art latest work at the Playhouse from next week onwards in a bid to raise money to help his sister after was left paralysed following a tragic accident in the summer.
Adrian Newton who works as a substitute teacher across the city is determined to help his 44-year-old sister Amanda, who was paralysed from the waist down following an accident during a triathlon. Amanda was thrown from her bike during the race after her brakes failed. Shortly afterwards doctors confirmed that she would never walk again.
Amanda is currently receiving rehabilitation therapy at a hospital in Buckinghamsire and hopes to race marathons in a wheelchair when her treatment is completed.
“I’ve called it the Pink Wheelchair Campaign because Amanda is a big kid and talked about getting a pink wheelchair or one with Hello Kitty on it as soon as she came around after the accident,” said Adrian.
“I’m so proud of her and the way she has stayed so positive after the accident because a lot us wouldn’t. Then you have someone like Amanda who has always raised money for charity and was talking about doing wheelchair marathons as soon as she started to recover.
“She does a daily blog about how she feels and she will also graduate this year with a Theology degree which has taken her seven years to complete.
“Amanda is a mum of four teenage children and while I’m sure she has her darker moments she has remained consistently positive for them.
“Any money that I raise from the sale of my art work will go to help her with whatever she needs when she comes out of hospital.
“She is quite determined to get out and get back to her family even though she realises that it will be a little while as yet.
“The thing about Amanda is that although she is preparing for life in a wheelchair, she simply views this as yet another challenge”.
Adrian’s exhibition of orginal woodcut prints will be on display from next Tuesday, October 20 in the Playhouse on Artillery Street where the public will have the chance to view and purchase any of the art works.
The official opening will take place at 6pm on Tuesday and the exhibition will run until November 2.
For further information you can contact Adrian on 028 71 268027 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.