Talented Kathryn helps Leeds charity

Kathryn Tebbs and her painting on the Emmerdale set
Kathryn Tebbs and her painting on the Emmerdale set
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A painting by a talented artist with learning disabilities has gone on sale in support of a Leeds charity helping disabled people.

Kathryn Tebbs was born prematurely in 1959, when she needed to be resuscitated immediately after birth.

She was left with disabilities, but her parents Maureen and Peter were determined that she be given the best support possible.

Kathryn’s artistic streak blossomed when she was encouraged and now a colourful painting of hers is being sold as a limited edition print in a Leeds gallery, raising money for the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Armley.

Kathryn’s mum said: “It’s absolutely magnificent that somebody has recognised her talent. If it’s going to help other people, that is wonderful.”

When she was born, Mr and Mrs Tebbs were warned that their daughter’s life expectancy may be short. However they wanted her to have all the opportunities she could and made massive efforts, including moving from Leeds to Wetherby.

Her talent for art was noticed at school, then later a carer took her to art and other classes.

Sadly she is currently unable to go due to ill-health following a major heart attack in 2012.

But the painting Ma Vie Remarquable – My Remarkable Life, which she did shortly before her illness, is now being used to raise money for the William Merritt Centre, which provides equipment to help disabled people independently.

Her fundraising has been backed by the Emmerdale star James Hooten, patron of the centre, and framed prints are available at the Headrow Gallery in Alwoodley for £150. Log on to www.headrowgallery.co.uk/p/215/ma-vie-remarquable#.U9EaJE3jgdU.

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