Sunderland artist uses talent to raise awareness of rare disease

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A Sunderland portraiture artist is using her talent to raise awareness of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis after her father was diagnosed with the rare disease.

Stacey Campbell aims to raise a sum for The PBC Foundation as well as awareness of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) through an online donations page.

Stacey said: “I chose The PBC Foundation because my Dad was diagnosed with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis in 2012. PBC is an autoimmune disease that damages the bile ducts in the liver causing them to eventually cease function.  It is slowly progressive and incurable.

“I’d just like to continue making people happy with my work and helping others in the process. It’s the best feeling.”

She aims to reach her target by donating 10 per cent of the fees charged for artwork, which can be commissioned through her facebook group Stacey Campbell Artwork.

This is not the first time that Stacey has used her artistic talent to raise money for charity. After losing her grandfather to cancer in 2009 she wanted to fund-raise for Cancer Research UK.

With the help of a charity organisation that helps to fund young people’s projects, she was able to contact people from all over the world who shared not only stories of their experiences with the disease, but photographs of their loved ones that had been affected.

She then put a book of portraits together from the drawings of the photographs entitled ‘Creative Against Cancer’, which so far has raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK.

Stacey currently does her art work in her free time, as she works full time at a local supermarket but would love to turn it into a full time career.

She said: ” It’s been my passion from being young. I know it can take a long time to break into the art industry.  It’s a very competitive field.

“I’m not in touch with anyone who works in the business and I never went to university so social networking sites and word of mouth are vital to me.”

To take a look at Stacey’s artwork, commission a piece, or to buy a copy of her Creative Against Cancer portrait book, head to the Facebook group.

To make a donation to her target for the PBC Foundation visit her just giving page, Stacey Draws Things, here.

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