If you have been a follower of my blog for a few years you may remember this post about the children's book, 'Mrs Mouse's Cupcakes', or this one about the launch party for the book.
The book was written by Gretel Parker a fabulous illustrator and artist who I met over twenty years ago when we were both students on a Graphic Design course in Newcastle. At the same time Gretel met her partner Andy and they had been together ever since.
Gretel's parents had both died when she was a child and so Andy has been her only family. Just before Christmas they had managed after years of saving to buy their first house together.
However, last week very suddenly and tragically Andy died. He didn't have a will so it will be many months until Gretel's financially situation is stable. She is a freelance artist so you can imagine her income for the next few months, while she grieves, will be very small.
Artwork by Gretel Parker
A wonderful friend of Gretel's has set up The Gretel Parker Project to raise some money to help her over this tough time. If you could donate a small amount to help a fellow artist I would be so grateful and, even if you are not in the position to be able to donate can you please spread the link to the giving site via any social networks.
Felt cupcake by Gretel Parker