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Ashbourne's St John Street Gallery raises cash for air ambulance

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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THE sale of donated art by a gallery has helped to raise funds for the county's air ambulance.

Derbyshire artist John Connolly, 59, gave three paintings to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The idea had been to auction the paintings but Mark Courtney, owner of Ashbourne's St John Street Gallery, offered to sell them for no commission. Mark said: "John exhibits his art with us anyway so, when the air ambulance approached us to see if we would help, we said yes.

"The paintings sold for £750 and we are delighted to have been able to help such a worthwhile charity."

John, of Bolsover, said: "The vast, sweeping horizons of the Peak District, the rugged terrain and ever-changing light over Cumbria, North Yorkshire Moors and the shorelines of Cornwall all provide me with a rich variety of subject matter.

"And visitors to any of these areas are very aware of the excellent work done by the air ambulance service, as so much of the countryside has no access.

"I wanted to say thank you to the charity and that's why I donated three paintings."

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