Signed Hockney print to help baby Betsy’s plight

Baby ''Betsy Kay with her mum Kim Nicholson.
Baby ''Betsy Kay with her mum Kim Nicholson.
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A signed David Hockney print has helped to raise thousands of pounds for a West Yorkshire youngster who was diagnosed at eight weeks with a genetic disorder

Fulneck School, in Pudsey, held a charity ball and the star auction prize of the print - given by the artist himself – raised £2,200 towards the school’s fundraising drive.

The picture was bought by an anonymous donor, who does not wish to be named.

The school is raising money for baby Betsy Kay, from Wakefield, and the Mitochondrial Research Fund, as Betsy’s grandma Lyn Kay works in the nursery at Fulneck School. Fulneck School Parents’ and Friends’ Association decided to donate 25 per cent of cash raised at Saturday’s Midsummer Madness Ball, which was held at Leeds Marriott Hotel, on Saturday.

The cash will be donated to the Newcastle University Research unit for research into mitochondrial disease, which affects growth and development. Symptoms include failure to thrive, muscle weakness and a rare heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

School principal Deborah Newman said: “Once again our PFA (Parents and Friends Association) have put in a tremendous amount of work to make the evening so special.

“We are delighted we are able to make a substantial donation to our chosen charity for this year.

“The sale of the signed print kindly donated by David Hockney was the highlight of the auction.”

Betsy’s gran Lyn Kay is aunt of TV star Gabby Logan, who previously helped Fulneck launch the campaign for Betsy. Pupils, staff and parents will be undertaking a series of fundraising initiatives throughout 2015.

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