Hemel Hempstead artist goes back to the drawing board for charity close to home

Amelia Ilangaratne's painting has been displayed at Asda Hemel Hempstead and raised �300 for charity Hope for Children.
Amelia Ilangaratne's painting has been displayed at Asda Hemel Hempstead and raised �300 for charity Hope for Children.

An up-and-coming young illustrator from Hemel Hempstead has got charity donations down to an art.

Amelia Ilangaratne, 22, of Boxmoor gave away a piece of her work – a sketch featuring wild animals as carousel figures – to Asda in the town as part of the supermarket’s Community Life programme.

Asda offered to donate £300 to a charity of the former Hemel Hempstead School pupil’s choice in exchange for the artwork, which has been put on display at the Hillfield Road store.

Amelia, who graduated from Leeds University in the summer, chose Hemel Hempstead-based children’s charity Hope For Children to receive the funds. She said: “I have worked with children in the past and really wanted to choose a local organisation to benefit from the money.

“I graduated in July and since then I have started to do commissions for my art, and it is just growing from there.”

The charity’s event and volunteer manager Rachel Simkin said: “Everyone at Hope was really excited to learn of Amelia’s work and see that she had chosen to support us as her local charity.

“It’s always fantastic when we receive support from those local to us here in Dacorum, particularly when they use their talents in such a creative way. We are so thankful to Amelia for her donation and are definitely going to keep in touch.”

The money will be used to support Hope for Children’s work helping vulnerable young people in nine countries across Asia, Africa and Europe, including the UK.