Art for Africa

Ponteland photographic artist Jan Radwanski with Heather Hunt, Ponteland Medical Group Practice Manager, at the new exhibition. Photo by Trevor Walker.'.
Ponteland photographic artist Jan Radwanski with Heather Hunt, Ponteland Medical Group Practice Manager, at the new exhibition. Photo by Trevor Walker.'.

A DOCTORS’ surgery in Ponteland has linked up with a photographic artist to help its charity fund-raising drive.

An exhibition of 30 historical images supplied by Jan Radwanski has been put together in the reception area at Ponteland Medical Group’s main facility in Meadowfield.

It forms part of a campaign by staff to raise money to send a renovated Land Rover Defender to Mbita Village in western Kenya.

The vehicle, which will be used as an ambulance and for important community trips, will be donated to local charity Viagenco. It will be supplied by Newcastle Airport.

Mr Radwanski uses specialist equipment to restore photographs and photographic glass plates.

Most of the images in this exhibition are of the Tyne Bridge under construction. Others include rare images relating to Newcastle United from 1895 to 1918.

The Darras Hall resident has agreed to contribute 25 per cent of any sales of these photos to the appeal.

He said: “I came into contact with the Ponteland Medical Group doctors when I did some of my own photographic artwork, where I create floral images, for the Darras Hall surgery when it was undergoing a face-lift. When I was approached about doing an exhibition at the Meadowfield surgery, I was absolutely delighted to get involved with such a good cause.

“It’s an excellent place to have a display as it gives people something to look at and take an interest in while they wait for their appointment.”

Mr Radwanski, who also has a vast collection of original glass plates by Alexander Lamont Henderson, Queen Victoria’s Royal photographer, displays prints and greetings cards at The Chantry in Morpeth and is involved with fund-raising for the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care charity.

To find out more about the appeal or make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/ambulanceforafrica

To buy any of the prints contact Mr Radwanski on 01661 820959 or visit www.jan-radwanski.co.uk They are not for sale at the surgery.