PICTURE GALLERY: Break calendar showcases north Norfolk-based charity’s users’ talents

Striking original artwork by some of the children and adults who use a north Norfolk-based charity's services are being used to help fund-raise for the cause.

Paintings, drawings and sculptures produced by people with mental-health problems, challenging behaviour, physical disabilities and autistic-spectrum disorders are filling the pages, month by month, of Break's 2012 calendar.

Sheringham-based Break staged a competition inviting those who use its many services to submit their creations for possible inclusion in the calendar and 22 people took up the challenge, including children as young as seven.

Entries were displayed at Break's Learning and Development Centre at Schofield House, Norwich, and were judged by Norfolk artist Hannah Giffard who also picked out an overall winner, Stacey, whose work has been used to illustrate September.

'We received a wonderful selection of art from across the charity, showing just how talented some of our service users are,' said Break spokesman Liz Richards.

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Other entries included a dragon made out of sweet wrappers, a jewelled egg sculpture and two three-D robots.

Stacey, a resident of Break's Ashcroft mental-health unit for women, near Wymondham, expressed her condition in a mural showing a pathway travelling from dark to light.

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A celebration was held at the beginning of September, with all winners invited to see their work exhibited, and to mark the official launch of the calendar which has just gone on sale in all Break's charity shops throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and the West Country, at �3.99 each.

* Calendars are also available via Break's website www.break-charity.org or through the charity's newsletter, with an extra �1 charge for postage and packing.

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