The John Nicholson Foundation is an Isle of Man charity which was founded following the death of John Hobson Nicholson in 1988 and is supported by Rotary Rushen & Western Mann.
And thanks to the generosity of the Foundation, it has now provided financial support to a talented young artist from the island.
John was the only British artist of the 20th century to have designed coins, stamps and banknotes.
His outstanding talent was recognised worldwide and he was awarded membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.
The object of the Foundation, as specified by John, is to “advance visual arts in the Isle of Man by way of grants, awards bursaries or prizes”.
Since its formation, the Foundation has supported many local artists and recently it has been able to make an annual bursary award of £500 to the 2018/2019 bursary winner, Alice Dudley.
Alice recently completed her Art & Design Foundation at University of Manchester and will soon be starting a degree in Fine Art at Falmouth University.
The Foundation was impressed by her digital portfolio and the wide range of media in which she works.
Meanwhile, thanks to a generous donation of £5,000 by the Peel Charity Shop, Rotary Rushen & Western Mann has been able to support ShelterBox.
The Rotary club has long been an active supporter of the charity, providing emergency shelter and life-saving supplies around the world to families who have lost everything.
This time the two charities have donated a total of £6,180 to ShelterBox, enough money to supply 10 ShelterBoxes.
We donated similarly to ShelterBox for the Haiti Disaster Appeal in 2016 and we are again pleased to be able to help these poor people affected by such horrific disasters.
Each large ShelterBox is a disaster relief tent for a family and contains household essentials and much more, offering day to day living.
With the flooding in Kerala, India, and the powerful earthquake on the Indonesian islands, in the past six weeks, ShelterBox has been active providing humanitarian aid.
Margaret Bowden, secretary of the Peel Charity Shop, said: “We donated similarly to ShelterBox for the Haiti Disaster Appeal in 2016 and we are again pleased to be able to help these poor people affected by such horrific disasters.”
Hugh Logan, President of Rotary Rushen & Western Mann, responded: “Thank you to the Peel Charity Shop for their donation which means that the Rotary club can again support ShelterBox and the people in disaster areas around the world when they need it most.”