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February’s Art Gallery full of life at Earl Mountbatten Hospice

Island watercolour Artist and Hospice Trustee, Anne Axford has opened her exhibition year on the Isle of Wight with an exhibition at Earl Mountbatten Hospice gallery for the month of February (until 23rd).

Anne is exhibiting a mixture of work, including gold leaf, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.  She particularly enjoys painting animals, taking a quirky and surprising approach that aims to make people smile.

All of the works are originals, and there are also greeting cards of her work available to buy.  20% of all sales contributes towards the work of the hospice.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice Art Gallery can be found in the heart of the charity’s Newport building and forms part of the hospice’s innovative Social Programme. The programme, which also includes monthly music concerts, aims to show people that the hospice is a normal, kind and warm place where people can share experiences and create good memories together.

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said: “The hospice building belongs to the whole community and we want people to come and use the facilities whenever they want. As well as concerts and the art gallery, you can also enjoy a delicious meal in our Sunflower Café which is now open to everyone until 8pm. Or have a wander through our Chelsea Garden. Come and be surprised!”

Another way the hospice is opening its doors to the public is through Open House Fridays, which give people the opportunity to get a real insight into the Island’s much loved charity. Open House Fridays give people the opportunity to have a tour of the building and see first-hand the inspiring and upbeat environment in which staff and volunteers work. Anyone who would like to book onto a tour can call (01983) 217320 or email

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient