Appeal to help Nepal earthquake fund

Issy Valentine with her painting 'Rooftops Nepal, which she hopes will help to generate donations to relief efforts in Nepal.
Issy Valentine with her painting 'Rooftops Nepal, which she hopes will help to generate donations to relief efforts in Nepal.

A Forfar artist is hoping that her work will be an incentive for people to support relief efforts currently under way in Nepal.

Issy Valentine, who visited the country several years ago, has been so moved by the scale of the suffering caused by the recent earthquake that she has put one of her own paintings into a prize draw to raise funds.

She painted ‘Rooftops Nepal,’ based on the sights she saw when in Kathmandu, when she returned from her visit and is now keen to put it to good use.

Entry to the draw will be by donation to the charity Seven Women which is delivering direct aid in the country.

So far, the disaster has left more than 7,000 people dead, thousands injured and around 450,000 people homeless.

Issy said: “When this crisis hit, some of the rooftops I painted have gone which is such a shame as it’s a World Heritage Site.

“Their number one income is from tourism, so I wondered what I could do to help. I looked at the painting and thought that, instead of raffling it, I could use it as an incentive for people to make donations, large or small.

“My friend’s niece runs this charity in Nepal and although it’s a project for supporting women and promoting literacy and numeracy, it has suspended its own fund-raising for the next three months with everything going to the disaster fund.”