Helston dad holding art exhibition for terminally ill son
A Helston artist will be holding an exhibition and auction to raise money for the charity which has provided a "safe haven" to his terminally ill son.
Artist Ian Griffiths has organised A Robin's Song, a wildlife themed exhibition and auction for the St Austell based children's hospice, Little Harbour.
Mr Griffiths' nine year-old son, Thomas, was born with a condition which has caused his digestive system to fail.
Thomas is now unable to digest any food or drink and receives nutrients intravenously through a tube inserted in to his jugular.
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Three Christmas' ago the family were told that his illness was terminal.
Since Little Harbour opened in 2011 the Griffiths family has stayed in the specially adapted house around 10 times for short breaks.
Mr Griffiths said: "Little Harbour is a safe haven which provides a whole package of things as well as a respite for parents.
"You feel safe because of the expertise of the nurses, plus there are other parents to talk to and it's an opportunity for siblings to make good friends.
"Altogether it’s a place to make memories."
The money raised from the art auction will fund the development of a sensory rich wildlife garden at the hospice.
It is also hoped that several outdoor cameras will be fitted so children who are too unwell to go outside will be able to watch animals in the garden.
Mr Griffiths said: "I believe that animals and birds can have certain therapeutic and relaxing qualities - bird song is a healer and I want to bring the wildlife closer to children.
"It's my way of giving something back to Little Harbour."
The exhibition contains 120 original pieces of donated work by artists from around the world.
"I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity from artists and businesses," Mr Griffiths said.
The full exhibition will open at Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park from October 3 to 14, and will move to Mr Griffiths' own gallery in Helston from October 18 to 30.
The project will culminate in an auction of all of the artwork at Merchant House Hotel in Truro on the November 3. There will be no reserves on the pieces.
Mr Griffiths has also organised a wildlife weekend at Wheal Martyn on the October 5 and 6 to coincide with the exhibition.
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