Lucy Dorrien-Smith is to lead a programme of awareness and fundraising on Tresco this weekend in aid of the British Red Cross.
Taking place from this Friday until Sunday, the weekend includes a film screening, Open Garden event, gallery exhibition and Rafi + Friends workshop for children at Tresco and Bryher Primary School.
Lucy said: “I recently joined the Tiffany Circle, a global group of women with the common goal of helping the British Red Cross support vulnerable people in crisis.
“I was previously a state registered nurse and have always been aware of the work of the Red Cross. Global disasters, devastation, wars and human tragedy have always been in my thoughts; now I am able to do something really constructive to help.”
The Red Cross has recently responded to the terror attacks in Manchester and London, the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and the East Africa Crisis. It also supports people in the UK by teaching first aid, loaning wheelchairs and helping people get back on their feet after a stay in hospital.
The Tresco weekend will commence with a screening of the short film Hamsa - The Documentary at The New Inn on Friday at 7pm. It tells the story of a Syrian mother and refugee 'whose determination and spirit captured the attention of thousands of people'. Co-producer Pauline Spearpoint will attend the screening to discuss the film and the movement it has inspired.
On Saturday, Tresco Abbey Garden will donate all entry fees for the day to the British Red Cross. Curator Mike Nelhams will lead a 'small number of exclusive garden tours' and there will be a fundraising and information stall for the Red Cross in the garden courtyard. The garden will be open from 10am until 4pm.
Saturday also sees the opening night of Gallery Tresco’s Red Cross Show, featuring the work of Maggie O’Brien, John Bampfield, Chris Hankey, Richard Guy, Iona Sanders, Jon Evison, Stuart Kettle and Bryher artist Chris Potterton. The Artists’ Reception begins at 6:30pm, with the opportunity to meet the artists and view their work over a glass of wine.
The children of Tresco and Bryher Primary School will also take part in a special Rafi + Friends workshop, which aims to connect children with refugee children through their hopes and dreams. The workshop is based on the book Rafi the Refugee Rabbit, which tells a 'simple story of hope and encourages understanding, tolerance and kindness'.
More information on the weekend's events is available at www.tresco.co.uk/redcross or by calling 01720 422849.