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Generous donation in memory of lifelong artist supports outdoor art project at Glemsford Primary Academy




A primary school has added more than a splash of colour to their playing fields thanks to a generous legacy donation.

Glemsford Primary Academy in Lion Road were provided with a donation in memory of local artist Roy Saunders, who wanted to support art in schools – and say thank you to the school where his grandson attended.

Every year group were tasked with designing something to express their emotions about the pandemic – and they have now returned to school to see beautiful colourful rainbows hung from school trees.

Glemsford Primary Academy pupils have completed an art project, funded by a donation in memory of local resident Roy Saunders. Picture credit: Gooderham PR. (51064536)
Glemsford Primary Academy pupils have completed an art project, funded by a donation in memory of local resident Roy Saunders. Picture credit: Gooderham PR. (51064536)

Nick George, headteacher, said: “We were incredibly humbled when we learned of Mr Saunders’ wishes and we are so grateful to his family, and everyone who donated, for their generosity.

“Art is an important part of Glemsford Primary Academy and we are delighted with this project, which was led superbly by our art project leader Trudy Harman.

“The rainbow colours of the umbrellas are both a beautiful addition to our playing fields and also a fitting tribute to all that the NHS has done for us over the last 18 months.”

A much-loved husband, dad, grandad and friend, Mr Saunders, who had been a resident of Glemsford since 2004, died at West Suffolk Hospital in June 2020, at the age of 78.

His lifelong love of art saw him become an established artist in the local area and it was one of his wishes to help children experience and enjoy art.

A total of £590 was raised in memory of Mr Saunders through a crowd-funding campaign – nearly three times as much as the original target.