Fundraiser for Glemsford Primary Academy upholds artistic legacy of local painter Roy Saunders
The legacy of a well-known Suffolk artist, who died last month, is set to live on through a donation to his village school, following a successful fundraiser in his memory.
Roy Saunders, a resident of Glemsford since 2004, lost his battle with pulmonary fibrosis at West Suffolk Hospital on June 29, aged 78.
Originally from Hornsey in London, Mr Saunders worked as a painter and decorator for much of his working life, and became a prolific artist following his move to Suffolk.
Known for producing paintings depicting various scenes around Sudbury, including Market Hill and the Mill Hotel, he was also a member of the Sudbury Creatives group, and featured at a number of local exhibitions.
To honour his memory, his family launched an online fundraiser last week, aiming to raise £200 for Glemsford Primary Academy, where his grandchildren attend, to support his wish for young people to experience and enjoy art.
In just one day, the appeal reached its target, and has now climbed above £400, which the family intends to present to the school in September, to finance the purchase of art materials and supplies.
Andrew Wood, Mr Saunders’ son-in-law, said he was surprised by the level of support, stating the fundraiser received donations from people who had purchased his art in the past, as well as others they have never met.
“He taught his grand-daughter how to paint, and he always wanted to help children learn about art and become more interested in it,” he told the Free Press. “Unfortunately, he never had the time to do it himself.
“He was very interested in the local area and would try his hand at anything. He loved nothing more than getting out and about with his sketchbook.
“Unfortunately, his illness took him very quickly. He was a very loving granddad and father. He loved his family and his grandchildren to bits.
“He was a very kind man and never had a bad word to say about anybody. He would do anything for anyone.”
Donations are still being sought for the fundraiser. To help, go online to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roysaunders.