Great Yarmouth artist helps give homeless a happy Christmas

Artist Dan McGrath is auctioning off a painting to raise money for the Herring House Trust at Christ

Artist Dan McGrath is auctioning off a painting to raise money for the Herring House Trust at Christmas. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Great Yarmouth artist has raised more than £200 to help give homeless people in the town a happy Christmas.

Dan McGrath raffled off his latest work to raise money for the Herring Housing Trust after being spurred into giving something back over the festive season.

His colourful abstract painting, entitled The Streets Aren't Paved With Gold, depicts a homeless man sitting barefoot nursing a cup of tea and went on display at Yarmouth's Gallery 133 in King Street, while raffle tickets were sold.

The winning name was plucked out of a hat on Wednesday night and the painting was scooped by Stephen Barron from Yarmouth.

Dan, 35, who only started painting last year, said: 'I'd always see someone homeless and never been able to help them enough. I just wanted to make Christmas special for someone who needs it.

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'I'm pleased with how it's gone.'

Staff at the Herring House Trust, which runs a hostel in Yarmouth and helps people into accommodation, thought Dan's generous gesture was 'great'.

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Gaynor Collin, business manager at the charity, added: 'We always appreciate local support, we're a local charity so it's nice to have people thinking about us, at this time of year especially.

'The money will go towards paying for Christmas for our residents at the hostel. There's probably about 50 people we'll support on Christmas Day with a nice meal and a gift.'

Dan wished to thank all those that attended the raffle and bought tickets, Gallery 133, and his close friends and partner Emily Young for their support.

? The raffle coincided with the launch of a new exhibition at the gallery, showcasing work from a host of local artists.

The display features a variety of work in a mixture of mediums, including oils, acrylics and pencil drawings, as well as handcrafted boxes and greetings cards. It runs at the gallery until December 23 and will resume in the new year after the Christmas break.

On December 30 the gallery is also hosting a life drawing class from 10am - 3pm for all abilities. Tickets cost £20, £16 for concessions and are available from Wright's art shop in Stanley Road, or from the gallery.

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