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The Lanes to Host Sale of Original Watercolour Paintings to Raise Funds for Charity

This Saturday, 20th November, The Lanes Shopping Centre will host an art sale of original watercolour paintings, depicting scenes of the Lake District and North Pennine Landscapes painted by David Almond, an esteemed geologist and artist from the Lake District.

The paintings are part of a collection bequeathed to charity SEDCU by David Almond’s family for the purpose of raising funds. All proceeds from the art sale will be donated to the charity that supports disadvantaged Ugandan children with their education.

Supporting the education of disadvantaged children in Uganda (SEDCU) is a small charity based in Hexham which aims to provide an education for severely disadvantaged children living in the remote southwest corner of Uganda.  Many are orphans, disabled, abandoned, homeless or living in desperate poverty.  Currently 30 children are sponsored and SEDCU also funds a number of projects to support them and enhance their school facilities.

The painting sale which will be available to view in Tower Square on 20th November will provide an opportunity to raise life changing funds for SEDCU. There are a large number of paintings in the collection, ranging in price from £20 to £100 depending on size and finish, some paintings are already mounted and framed. 100% of the money raised through the sale of the paintings will go to Uganda for the benefit of the children.

Mark Nott The Lanes, centre manager said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this incredibly worthy charity in this very special art sale. We really hope people will take a look at the huge number of pieces which will be on display in the centre this Saturday.

The pictures start at just £20 and there’s a huge variety sizes and scenes to choose from, any of these original pieces would make superb Christmas gifts whilst raising vital funds for children living in Uganda.”


SEDCU’s Mission is to broaden and strengthen support to disadvantaged children in Uganda so that they can benefit from good quality education and realise their full potential. The charity was founded almost ten years ago.

To find out more about SEDCU and the work that they do visit their website

About David Almond

David Almond was an esteemed geologist who worked all over the world, spending many years in Uganda. He came from a creative and artistic family and was keen on drawing and painting all his life. He was a lover of the outdoors in his professional life and for pleasure. In his retirement he returned to his beloved Lake District, living near Penrith, where he threw his energies into sketching and painting, spending many hours in the Northern Pennines, Northumberland, the Scottish Borders and the Lakes.  He had a studio where, at first, he would sketch then paint. Latterly the pictures were based on his photographs. He was a popular and prolific artist who captured the mood of the landscapes.  Amongst other venues he successfully exhibited at the Rheged in Penrith and at Collingwood College in Durham.