LOCAL ARTIST AND DAUGHTER DESIGN CHRISTMAS CARDS TO RAISE MONEY FOR FOOD BANKS

An artistic duo from Belfast have put their creative talents to excellent use and designed two Christmas cards, the sales of which will help ensure families in need have a decent meal this Christmas.

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Artist Stephen McCurdy and his five-year old daughter Olivia are selling the cards to raise money for North Belfast and Newtownabbey Food Banks. Last year, Stephen raised £1,100 for the Food Banks and this year, he and Olivia hope to smash that record and raise £2,000.

Stephen, who is known for his digital art depicting the Belfast skyline, has designed the ‘Belfast Silhouette’ card which has been replicated by Olivia who added her own finishing touches – the aurora borealis – to the night sky.

“Many food banks have been feeding double the amount of people since the pandemic and they are still greatly in demand. Just £10 can help put a substantial meal on the table for families this Christmas,” says Stephen. “We’d like to thank everyone so far who has bought a pack of cards and Olivia and I are really hoping we can sell them all and help more people this Christmas.”

The cards, which come in a pack of ten and include both designs, cost £12.50. From each pack sold, £10 goes directly to the food bank and the remainder is solely for postage and packaging.

Already the duo has raised over £1,000. The cards are available to buy from Stephen directly and via Our Wee Makers www.ourweemakers.co.uk, a local business set up in April to showcase the work of artists and makers from across Northern Ireland.

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Owner of Our Wee Makers Carol Marshall added; “This is such a fantastic cause, and we are delighted to be able to help Stephen and Olivia sell their wonderful Christmas cards this year. Stephen is a superb artist, and it looks like Olivia is following in her dad’s footsteps.”