Daughter turns mum’s paintings into cards to raise cash for hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 May 2018

Anne Jacobs with Maureen Taviner’s paintings which have been printed on cards for Weston Hospicecare.

Anne Jacobs with Maureen Taviner’s paintings which have been printed on cards for Weston Hospicecare.

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The daughter of an artist has donated her mum’s work to Weston Hospicecare to raise funds for the charity which cared for her.

Maureen Taviner spent her final days at the hospice in February and her daughter Anne Jacobs is full of praise for the ‘wonderful’ staff who looked after her.

Maureen loved painting and Anne has produced some of her artwork on cards to sell in aid of the hospice in Uphill.

She said: “Painting meant a lot to mum, she had always been artistic and her father painted with oils as a hobby.

“He produced some quite nice paintings so it was in the blood, so to speak.

“When my dad was ill – he was diagnosed with asbestos cancer – mum painted more and it was something that she could do at home in her own time while she was looking after him.”

Maureen never made a living out of her paintings, but gave her artwork to family.

When her mum died, Anne decided to use the paintings to raise money for a charity close to Maureen’s heart.

She said: “After she died, I discovered many more paintings she had stored that were worthy of publication or other people seeing them at least.

“I have a friend from Burnham who is a professional artist and she had a look at mum’s work and she makes cards herself.

“Between us, we had the idea to turn mum’s work into cards as a thank you to everyone who had helped with mum’s service.

“I was then encouraged to take it further and we saw an opportunity to sell these cards and the obvious recipient of the profits was the hospice. It would be what mum would choose.”

Before she became a patient, Maureen raised money for the hospice to say thank you for the support staff gave her husband after his cancer diagnosis.

Maureen and her friends used to knit Christmas and Easter characters and put chocolates inside to sell in aid of the charity.

Anne said: “This is a wonderful place – we got to know the hospice when my dad died.”

Talking about her experience when her mum was admitted, she said: “It enabled us to do the ‘being family’ and in the end, the hospice were wonderful to her and to us.”

The cards are on sale in reception at Jackson-Barstow House.

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