Michael Plans Art Fundraiser for Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust

On November 25, 2020, at the age of 76, Phyllis sadly lost her battle with the brutal, incurable disease of pulmonary fibrosis.

“Pulmonary fibrosis is a cruel disease that Phyllis took from me,” Michael said. “We need more publications, more research and, above all, more funding.”

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He had plans to raise awareness for the charity and raise funds, but the Covid outbreak temporarily put his fundraising plans on hold.

Artwork created by Keris depicting Michael and Phyllis holding hands.

Now that restrictions are easing, Michael decided to start his fundraising campaign with an art evening at the Masonic Hall on Belsize Road in Lisburn.

With the help of local artist Cerys Evens, Michael is planning a Wine & Design Evening on March 25 at 7:00 pm, with all proceeds going to charity.

“Kerys, the artist/painter, will create the painting,” Michael explained.

“People will be given the opportunity to pay an entry fee, and with it you will receive a free glass of wine and all the equipment needed to recreate this picture.

“Kerys will also provide advice on how best to recreate the artwork,

“The idea is to encourage people to get interested in drawing and at the same time raise funds for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust.”

Cerys is excited to be part of what Michael hopes will be the first of many fundraising events for the charity.

“Recently, I met Mr. Hewitt at a work meeting,” Cerys explained. “He told me about his life and his partner Phyllis.

“Phyllis and Mr. Hewitt have been together most of their lives, unfortunately in November 2020, Phyllis died from a terminal illness called pulmonary fibrosis.

“Mr. Hewitt’s story really touched me, so I’m trying to draw attention to this terrible disease.

“I drew him a picture of them holding hands on better days.

“Mr. Hewitt was very touched by this, it’s amazing how one small act of kindness can change everything.”

Tickets for the event are £15 for artists, including a glass of wine, canvas and art supplies. Spectators who want to walk along but not paint can buy tickets for £10.

In addition to the evening of wine and design, there will be a lottery with great prizes.

The owners of the Finn MacCools Pub, 124 Main Street in Bushmills, kindly donated a bed and breakfast at their establishment for two people in a double or twin room. The voucher will be valid for six months. As a prize, the winner will also receive a voucher for a main course for two at the Market Square Restaurant, located approximately 200 meters from Finn MacCools.

Tickets for the draw will be on sale in the evening for £5.

To find out more about the Wine and Design event, please contact us. [email protected] or call 07715 042571.

Payments will also be accepted at night.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to support the charity, you can also donate to this worthy cause at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/keris-evans/pulmonfibrosistrust.

All money raised will go to the Pulmoary Fibrosis Trust, which offers support to patients and caregivers battling this dreadful disease that cost Phyllis her life just 13 months after being diagnosed.

READ MORE: The Cruel Disease That Took My Phyllis From Me

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