Call in for cuppa and help charity

Artists Christine Nichol, Nikki Woodman and Christine Chapman at their a-MAY-zing exhibition
Artists Christine Nichol, Nikki Woodman and Christine Chapman at their a-MAY-zing exhibition

AN artist who used to be the headteacher at two upper Calder Valley schools is holding a fundraising event as part of her latest exhibition.

Nikki Woodman, a former headteacher at Walsden and Riverside Junior Schools, is currently showcasing a selection of her paintings at Platform One Gallery, Todmorden, together with work by artists Christine Nichol and Christine Chapman at the “a-MAY-zing” exhibition.

On Sunday, May 13, Nikki has organised “Tea and Cake”, a fundraising afternoon for Motor Neurone Disease.

Nikki was diagnosed with the condition in December.

She is inviting people to the event, from 1-4pm, to have a free cuppa and take a look at the artwork.

Home-made cake will be available in return for a donation and there will be a raffle.

Nikki began limping a year ago.

She has now got to the state where she cannot walk without support.

MND is life terminating and there is no cure.

It affects the muscles and gradually people lose the ability to walk, use their hands and even speak.

Nikki is determined to live life to the full. “When I am painting I am not aware of having this terrible disease,” she said.

“I merely live for the joy of the colour and the thrill of applying the paint.

“The pictures you can see are all bright and colourful, full of life.

“I do hope people will come along and enjoy the afternoon and support the MND association.”