Bute group’s fund-raising appeal

Artist Ronnie Gildea uses old unwanted books, which would otherwise end up as landfill, to create scupltures.
Artist Ronnie Gildea uses old unwanted books, which would otherwise end up as landfill, to create scupltures.

An island group which supports adults who have a range of physical, psychological and learning disabilities is holding a raffle to raise funds for their creative movement group.

Following two exchange visits with i-dance, a similar group based in Kilmarnock, the Phoenix Centre’s members were impressed by the fact that the group all had matching t shirts giving them a sense of identity and confidence.

During a debriefing session with their tutor from Argyll College, Jack Henderson, it became apparent that the class recognised the benefits of a uniform and expressed a desire to have the same.

The group set about creating a design as part of their course work and are now looking for funds to realise their dream.

Glasgow artist Ronnie Gildea has donated a book sculpture which will be raffled off to raise money for the project. Ronnie is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art in Sculpture and Environmental art, and is a friend and keen supporter of the Phoenix Centre.

The sculpture is of a solid heart and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift

Raffle tickets are £1 for a strip of five, and are available from The Golfers Bar, Mac’s Bar, Print Point, Musicker and McCaskies Café in Wemyss Bay.

The sculpture itself will be visiting each location for a few days details of which can be obtained from the Phoenix Centre (01700) 504402.

The draw will be made on Friday, February 13, in time for Valentine’s Day.