Kinghorn photo exhibition to raise funds for Fife hospice

Darrian with one of Helen's photographs. Pics by FPA
Darrian with one of Helen's photographs. Pics by FPA

A photographic exhibition planned for this weekend will showcase the work of a talented Fife woman who lost her courageous battle with cancer just over a year ago.

And money raised from the sale of Helen Morton’s prints will go to the Fife Hospice in Kirkcaldy to provide some extras to make the lives of patients spending time there more comfortable.

Helen’s partner Darrian Wilson (43), from Inverkeithing has arranged the display of around 200 of her paintings at The Bay Hotel in Kinghorn where he held a previous fundraising event, Fife Cakefest in November.

And he is hoping that the exhibition, which is open to everyone, will be just as successful.

It will be held in the hotel’s function suite between 2-4.30pm on Sunday and will be an informal event where people can come along and spend as long as they like or just pop in on their way past for a quick look.

Entry will be by donation and copies of Helen’s work will be available to order on the day with processing of orders expected to take roughly four weeks.

All profits from this event will go to the Victoria Hospice where Helen, who was just 37 when she died, spent her final weeks.

Darrian said: “Helen was a very colourful and outgoing person and she loved taking photographs.

“Her collection covers an eclectic mix of subjects from the talking stones at Falkland Estate to atmospheric shots of the Tall Ships during their last visit to Greenock in 2011.

“Helen favoured the Fife Coast and Arran so there are some quite quirky shots of some unusual compositions from these locations as well as her native North Ayrshire.

“From creels on the harbour wall at Anstruther to a stunning sunset at Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, Helen has captured some stunning images.

“Some that didn’t quite hit the spot for Helen were converted to black and white or sepia, and she found some incredibly powerful images by doing this.

“Rather than watch years of her passionate and dedicated work end up lying around doing nothing, I felt there was an opportunity to create a legacy that will help those who helped Helen, and I also believe Helen’s work deserves to be seen by the public.

“I would hope that from this event an exhibition could be developed at Maggie’s Fife, where Helen spent a lot of time, with the possibility of having a series of exhibitions touring all of the Maggie’s Centres in the UK to raise funds.

“I would ultimately love to see Helen’s work feature in a National Gallery and raise a substantial amount of money for charity along the way.

“I hope lots of people come along on Sunday for a look.”