Bungay colouring book proceeds to help school in Gambia

Ms Seamons in The Gambia, with some of the children of the Kubuneh School. Picture: Mary Seamons

Ms Seamons in The Gambia, with some of the children of the Kubuneh School. Picture: Mary Seamons - Credit: Mary Seamons

A Bungay colouring book produced by a local woman has helped the prospects of children attending a school in The Gambia.

Mary Seamons with school officials from Kubuneh School in Gambia. Picture: Mary Seamons

Mary Seamons with school officials from Kubuneh School in Gambia. Picture: Mary Seamons - Credit: Mary Seamons

Mary Seamons, who lives in the town, put the book together for the Christmas market with the generous support of local businesses and organisations.

In March, she travelled to The Gambia to visit the Kubuneh School in West Africa which the proceeds are helping, to present the share of the proceeds of the sale of The Bungay Colouring Book.

Bungay's Fisher Theatre is also benefitting from the sales from the book.

'Over £500 has been raised so far for both causes - for both Bungay's Fisher Theatre's replacement roof lights, but more is needed to start work on this and improving the facilities at this Gambian school which teaches over 300 pupils, to help their future life prospects and wellbeing,' Ms Seamons said.


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'It will ultimately benefit the whole community.'

She said the not for profit colouring book contains nine colouring images of Bungay, as interpreted by local artists, in their own unique style.

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The artists include (the late) Alan Cobb, Alan Irvine, Gemma Holden, Karen Leah, Malcolm Cudmore, Paul Roe, Paul Zawadzki and Steve Griffin.

The book was constructed by artist and graphic designer Paul Zawadzki.

A mixture of cartoons, line drawings and decoloured images make up the unique publication.

Ms Seamons said she was very grateful for the generosity of the sponsors which include the Buttercross Garden Café, Earsham Street Fish Company, Fisher Youth Theatre Group, Fosters Solicitors, Giddens and Thompson, John Putman, Laila France, Lucy Chester, Moth Crafts, The Three Cooks and Tops Hairstylists.

At least 80pc of the cover price of £5 is shared between the two charities.

Copies of the book are still available to purchase, and Ms Seamons has pleaded for the public to continue to help the two causes by buying copies.

The books are available to buy at Bungay Library, Fisher Theatre, Buttercross Garden Café, Cork Brick Antiques and Gallery, Earsham Street Fish Company, Moth Crafts, The Castle Inn or The Chocolate Box.

Do you have any charity stories? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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