Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is urging Doncaster people to get behind Artistic Spectrum of Thorne, so they can win a share of £3million lottery funding in the People’s Projects Vote.
Said Caroline “ I am delighted that Artistic Spectrum have made it to the finals. I hope Doncaster will really get behind them. If they win, they will get the opportunity to exhibit their amazing work in the Palace of Westminster. And I would love to be there for that. So please use your vote.”
Artistic Spectrum, a social enterprise that offers art as therapy for people with autism across Doncaster, has reached the finals of this year’s National Lottery People’s Projects. The organisation is one of five finalists selected from the Yorkshire and Humber region to be put to the public vote. The vote will see three of the five groups receive £50,000 funding for a 12-month project.
Explains founder Emma Wilson: “We’re the only organisation from Doncaster to be in the finals and we’ve created an art project named ‘Me, Myself and I’ specifically for the vote. “Me, Myself and I is all about highlighting the needs of individuals with autism and showing just what they can achieve – it’s a fantastic project that will benefit people with autism in Doncaster.”
“If we win a share of the funding, the project will be delivered across the borough, be showcased at The Point and then at the Palace of Westminster with the support of Caroline Flint MP.” Continues Emma: “All we need now is everyone in Doncaster to vote for us! We’re relying on the unique community spirit we have here to get us through and secure as many votes as possible – Doncaster we need you!”
“Voting is free and opens on 29th February and if people tune into ITV on Tuesday 1st March between 6 and 6.30pm they’ll be able to see a short film about why we think Artistic Spectrum should win.”
Artistic Spectrum has the celebrity backing of Sophie McShera who played kitchen maid, Daisy Robinson in Downton Abbey and officially opened the group’s home, The Artspace, in Thorne back in 2013. “Artistic Spectrum do amazing work to help people with autism do the things we take for granted like socialising, having fun and feeling a proud sense of achievement by creating beautiful works of art,” says Sophie. “They get my vote every time and I really hope they get yours too.”
You can vote for Artistic Spectrum online at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk or by sending a postcard to Freepost, The People’s Projects and including your name, address and telephone.
A video presented by Sophie McShera in support of the project can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/MH7YTRhBc88