by ANTONY CLAY
ARTIST Margaret Ellis has got out her brushes once again to support the work of a children’s hospice.
She has created a Christmas card design which is all set to be a big hit with people wanting to send out some festive cheer.
For the sixth year in a row, Margaret has crafted the watercolour design for one of Bluebell Wood’s exclusive Christmas cards to raise much-needed funds.
Over 10,000 of her ever-popular cards depicting iconic local landmarks have been sold since she began working her magic for Bluebell Wood in 2014.
This year’s festive offering shows Chatsworth House from afar, covered in a blanket of snow as a group of children put the finishing touches to a snowman.
Margaret, who taught in local schools and colleges before retiring, now teaches amateurs from her purpose-built studio in Ecclesall.
Her work has appeared in local galleries, at the Great Sheffield Art Show and Art in The Gardens.
She said: “It really is a lovely thought to know people across the region will have a piece of my work on display at Christmas.
“As an artist it’s about finding a home for your work in the hope that people will enjoy what you have spent so much time creating.
“It really is a great pleasure working with such an incredible local charity and the fact that my work is helping to raise funds to support local families makes it all the more satisfying.”
Bluebell Wood’s Christmas cards are on sale at £3 per pack of 10 cards, and can be bought at any Bluebell Wood charity shop or online at https://www.bluebellwood.org/our-christmas-cards-and-gifts.
Terri Hanson, head of retail at Bluebell Wood, said: “We sell thousands of Christmas cards every year to our wonderful supporters and each and every penny helps us be there for local families through the festive period and beyond.
“The brilliant Margaret’s stunning designs are always firm favourites so it’s no surprise they’re in high demand.
“It’s been fantastic to start this festive period with record numbers of our cards being sold so if you want to buy a pack or two, we’d recommend getting in fast.”
The hospice’s online shop can be found at https://www.bluebellwood.org/shop