A HELENSBURGH-BASED artist is using her talent on the easel to support a national epilepsy charity.

Lesley Carruthers has been donating 100 per cent of the sales income from her artwork to good causes for the past year, raising almost £5,000 to date through her unique paintings.

Having already contributed cash to the Stephen Lawrence Trust (now known as Blueprint for all), CHAS and Robin House in Balloch, she is now pledging funds to Epilepsy Scotland.

A former trustee of the charity, which provides support, help and information for people living with the neurological disorder throughout the country, Lesley - who has a studio in Upper Colquhoun Street - said she was keen to support an organisation close to her heart.

She said: “I realised that rather than just making a single donation, I could significantly increase my charitable contribution by using it instead to pay for art materials and then selling my paintings and gifting all the money received to charities.

“Having worked closely with the staff of Epilepsy Scotland for several years, I have seen at first-hand how dedicated and hard-working they all are, and how valuable their contribution is to the clients they serve, making life-changing differences in many cases.

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“I am absolutely delighted to be assisting them in their efforts to raise funds in these difficult times.”

Lesley said the Covid-19 lockdown had prompted a renewed commitment to painting, as well as a desire to reach out to others in need.

In December, the Advertiser reported how she handed over a cheque for £2,455 to Robin House staff after selling several of her works in aid of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland,

And she has donated three artworks and is joining a host of artists taking part in Lifeworks21, an online auction of art in aid of Epilepsy Scotland taking place over the Easter weekend.

As each of Lesley’s artworks are unique and original, they come with their own certificate of authenticity.

To view the paintings currently on sale in aid of Epilepsy Scotland visit lesleycarruthers.co.uk/home-page/paintings-gallery/.

For more information on the Lifeworks21 event, go to epilepsyscotland.org.uk/events/lifeworks21/.

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