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Cambridge Commodities ‘NHS Heroes’ Easter art competition to boost Addenbrooke’s staff

Local business, Cambridge Commodities, is launching an art competition over the Easter holidays to raise money to support NHS staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The Ely-based nutritional ingredient supplier is encouraging everyone to get creative with a theme of ‘our NHS Heroes’.

Winners will have their artwork displayed online and, once the current crisis is over, the opportunity to have their artwork displayed opposite the Museum at Addenbrooke’s Hospital – one of the busiest corridors in the hospital – and will receive their artwork framed after the exhibition has finished.

A suggested minimum donation of £3 is encouraged per entry with donations going to ACT’s Emergency COVID-19 fund, which will provide extra medical equipment, hot meals, psychological support and whatever else staff may need during the coronavirus crisis.

Submissions are welcomed from those aged 0–21 years through the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) website with the deadline for entries Friday 1st May.

Entries will be judged in four age categories by a panel including the Head of Addenbrooke’s Arts and representatives from Cambridge Commodities as well as ACT.

James Stevens CEO, Cambridge Commodities said: “As a local business, we’ve always felt it was our responsibility to support ACT. During this uncertain time our passion for showing our appreciation to the NHS front line only increases.

We are thrilled to be hosting another exciting event which we hope will turn into an annual spectacle. Watching the sheer joy of last years’ winners as they saw their artwork up on the walls of Addenbrooke’s next to the likes of Quentin Blake and Anita Klein was an unforgettable moment. We cannot wait to be a part of this amazing experience once again.

Fundraising for our local hospital has never been so important and we’d love everyone in our community to show their love and support by taking part and maybe we’ll find the next Elaine Pamphilon.”

Shelly Thake, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s CEO, said: “We are delighted that the team at Cambridge Commodities are working with us on the art competition again this year. It’s a perfect project to run remotely, giving us the opportunity to occupy children and young people alike during these unusual times as well as giving the staff at the hospital the opportunity of seeing the winners. All the money raised by this initiative will support our Addenbrooke’s NHS heroes right across the whole hospital, and we thank them for all they are doing for us – each and every day. We are hopeful that these drawings can bring a smile to the faces of all those that get to see them. Thank you.”