Romford artist inspired to sell her work by friend’s bravery
PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 July 2012
»Helping a friend through breast cancer is no easy feat but this life-altering experience inspired a Romford artist to help people by selling her sketches.
Terry Carlier’s friend Jill McDonald is now in remission and through the sale of artwork on her new website Terry hopes to give more people that same fighting chance.
She said: “I have a lovely friend who had breast cancer.
“I was with her every step of the way and it really hit home how important it is to raise money for these charities.”
Carlier Prints’ first online charity event “Unforgettable” aims to raise money for breast cancer charity, The Pink Ribbon Foundation, through the sale of Terry’s artwork.
Whilst friends and family had admired her art skills for years Terry didn’t start selling her work until a year ago.
She told the Recorder: “All my kids had left home and I was wandering around the house with nothing to do and decided to get all my art stuff out again.
“My parents, who are both elderly, are very proud and say I was always a caring girl.”
Meeting the mother of Ellie-Louise Sudbury, a nine-year-olf Romford girl who received life-changing surgery earlier this year, further inspired Terry’s charitable work.
“Art has always been a hobby of mine and I thought, what can I do with the sketches?” she said.
“I started selling them door to door and a week later I met Ellie-Louise’s grandmother and decided to start selling sketches for a more worthy cause.
“I would have liked to have raised more money for Ellie-Louise if I’m honest but I think I got into it a bit late. I’m now hoping to sell my prints to help a whole range of local charities.”
The next step in Terry’s plans is to employ door-to-door salespersons who she hopes will be able to raise even more.
n Terry’s prints are available at www.carlierprints.com. Pictures cost £3.99 with £1 going to The Pink Ribbon Foundation