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Renowned sculptor Nic Joly has unveiled his latest work, created to help raise much-needed funds for NHS charities.
The limited edition piece, which will go on display at Castle Fine Art galleries across the UK, is called We Can Be Heroes, and carries the message Who Cares Wins; a play on words of the famous SAS motto, Who Dares Wins.
Nic, who put his time in lockdown to good use making plastic visors for critical workers, says the experience opened his eyes to the bravery of those in the caring professions: “Our health workers and key workers have really shown us how extraordinary they are - they are like the SAS of care."
£100 from the sale of each edition will be split between The Murray Parish Trust and NHS Charities Together. The Murray Parish Trust was set up by Sarah Parish & Jim Murray in memory of their late daughter, Ella-Jayne, and is dedicated to the advancement of paediatric emergency medicine. NHS Charities Together is the umbrella body for 240 NHS charities across the country which are supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients as they tackle the Covid crisis.
Nic was moved to use his art for fundraising after his experience of delivering the visors to healthcarers gave him an insight into what they were facing: “The stories that these amazing people told of their everyday work were eye-opening. These people were real heroes. They didn’t want praise; they were just doing their job, caring for us all quietly on the front line. It was then that the idea to create an edition to support these wonderful people was born.”
Nic is known for his own unique style, creating tiny figurines made from wire, paper and clay, and has recently turned his hand to LED technology, 3D printing and typography. His #WhoCaresWins project draws on all of these exceptional talents.
We Can Be Heroes is available to pre-order from Monday 12 October and is priced at £995 framed. For more details, visit www.castlefineart.com.
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