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A charity helping families and children who live in an impoverished area of Kenya is holding an art exhibition in a Suffolk town to raise as much money as possible.

Held at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds, the exhibition will showcase landscape paintings by local artist and illustrator, Eric Gee.

Over 40 oil paintings detailing Suffolk and Norfolk will be on show from January 18 until February 13 with all profits from sales going to the DOXA Project.

Fund-raiser Daphne Holmes with children from the Kwa Murugi slum. Picture: Ray Balmer
Fund-raiser Daphne Holmes with children from the Kwa Murugi slum. Picture: Ray Balmer

The DOXA Project, who has trustees from Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas, is a Christian-led charity working to improve the lives of those that live in the Kwa Murugi slum of Nakuru in Kenya.

Fund-raiser for the charity, Daphne Holmes, has visited the slum four times.

She said: "All the proceeds will be going to this charity and it's made up of local trustees. We go out there on a regular basis and support the children and their families.

The exhibition will run from January 18 until February 13. Picture: Eric Gee
The exhibition will run from January 18 until February 13. Picture: Eric Gee

"We give them clean water and education.

"In the past we've raised thousands and that's been used to send over football kits, medicine and clothes, and build a school and children's play area. We support about 60 families in this particular slum."

Daphne went on to say that the raising of funds is vital as the conditions some families live in is 'indescribable'.

Daphne in a classroom with pupils. Picture: Ray Balmer
Daphne in a classroom with pupils. Picture: Ray Balmer

She said: "You really have to see it to believe it. They literally live with a little bit of corrugated iron and you perhaps have 10 people in there.

"Children are sometimes abandoned; we've found children under trees just left to die."

Going forward, the charity hopes to buy a piece of land to build a centre for those in need.

To donate or to find more information about the DOXA Project see here.