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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESCustomers at Sainsbury’s in Newport were treated to a mini exhibition, to help raise awareness and funds for an Island charity.

Works of art and photographic images created by Islanders on the Way Forward Programme were on display in the foyer for the day. Based at Downside Community Centre in Newport, the charity runs a range of activities to support people with learning disabilities and autism.

Programme Lead, Lee White, said:

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“We are very grateful to Sainsbury’s and their customers for their generosity and helping us to raise £133.

“The money will go towards buying materials for our art and photography groups, which are thriving at the moment.  So far we have held 3 major exhibitions on the Island and have an exciting new maritime themed project which will be unveiled soon!”

Tanya Blake, PR ambassador for Sainsbury’s Newport said:

“The Way Forward Programme were one of our shortlisted charities for our local charity partner this year, so we were more than happy to allow them into our foyer to showcase and sell their artwork and photography. Looking at the work was amazing; they all looked very professional, they have managed to capture such fine detail.

“The day was very popular with our customers wanting to purchase the work.  We will continue to support Way Forward and have organised that they be with us again on December 12th to be able to show case the artwork once again.”

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Way Forward currently have a 3 month exhibition of their photographic images on display at Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

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