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Seven-year-old Amelie's cards raise £3,000 for local charities who support her disabled brother



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In September we reported how a Bucklebury watermelon started demand for a seven-year-old's cards for special needs charities. In just a few months, Amelie Turnbull has donated £3,000 to two charities close to her heart.

Amelie Turnbull had put her creativity to good use over the summer and found her designs proved so popular, they were made into cards that were sold by a Woolhampton shop to raise money for the charities. Amelie's first ever card, the watermelon, was created while her grandparents were looking after her and her brothers for the afternoon in Bucklebury.

Amelie, from Caversham, had only just started painting with watercolours and by October she was selling her cards in local shops, at craft fairs and, with mum's help, on her own website. Her cards have received huge support and even been purchased worldwide.

Amelie delivering some of her cards to The Corner Shop in Woolhampton
Amelie delivering some of her cards to The Corner Shop in Woolhampton
Amelie delivering cards to The Corner Shop, Woolhampton.
Amelie delivering cards to The Corner Shop, Woolhampton.

She chose to donate half the profits from her sales to Camp Mohawk, Wargrave and The Music Club who meet in South Oxfordshire. Amelie has two brothers, Harry and George. George is 14-years-old and has complex disabilities due to a brain abnormality. Camp Mohawk offers the whole family somewhere safe to get out of the house in a woodland setting. The three siblings can play together on accessible play equipment, enjoy the music, sensory and soft-play rooms together and even have a swim in the outdoor heated pool during summer months. It is a safe haven for the family as it is difficult to access the wider community due to George’s complex needs.

The Music Club arranges three online sessions a week and a two-hour musical meet up each month. The joy he gets from these sessions is clear to see by the smile on his face and the intense focus he has on the instruments and musicians.

Amelie has been creating new designs throughout the last six months, all printed on 100 per cent recycled card as Amelie was keen to make the cards eco-friendly after learning about climate change at school. They include ‘Cloudy Kitty’, ‘Barney Dog’, ‘Proud Peacock’ and ‘Field of Flowers’. Her work is all nature or animal themed so far except for her biggest seller - a fun birthday candles design. She has even created commission-based paintings for customers of their pets, and was recently asked to create a personalised design for a local dog-based business.

Amelie and her brother George at Camp Mohawk
Amelie and her brother George at Camp Mohawk
Amelie donating £1500 cheque to Music Club
Amelie donating £1500 cheque to Music Club
Amelie donating £1500 cheque to Camp Mohawk
Amelie donating £1500 cheque to Camp Mohawk

The support Amelie has received and sales she has made have surpassed any expectations her family had after asking if NOOD Stores in Caversham would like to stock any of her paintings as greeting cards on a whim. Their belief in her cards at the end of last summer saw the launch of ‘Little Amelie Art’ in the autumn.

Amelie has already donated £3,000 to the charities that mean so much to her family for the support they bring to them. She has just presented a cheque for £1,500 to each charity, but she continues to paint new designs and isn’t stopping just yet. She will keep supporting the charities through her cards and prints so. Her cards can be found at NOOD Stores in Caversham, Four State in Henley, Marlow and Windsor as well as The Marlow Book Shop, Home of Twyford, Fidget & Bob in Kennet Island, Derry’s Den in Benson and The Corner Shop in Woolhampton near Newbury. She also regularly exhibits at The Artists & Makers Fair in Caversham and is very grateful for their continued support.

Amelie would like to say: ‘Thank you to the people who support me and my brother (George).’



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