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Charity worker support cause even in death

PUBLISHED: 14:23 08 September 2010

Alan Burgin, chairman of the Gravesend Art Group with janice Linfield, manager of Gravesend Oxfam in Windmill Street

Alan Burgin, chairman of the Gravesend Art Group with janice Linfield, manager of Gravesend Oxfam in Windmill Street

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The work of a long-term charity worker and avid artist has been used to raise money for her favourite cause.

A founder member of the Gravesend Art Group and volunteer at Oxfam, Barbara Tyrell died last month but to honour her a fellow arts group member donated a piece of work to auction to collect funds for the charity.

Gravesend Art Group finished a week-long exhibition at St Andrews Arts Centre on Sunday attracting almost 1,000 visitors and selling more than 40 pictures, including the water colour by Ms Tyrell for more than double its reserve price of £50.

On Monday art group chairman Alan Burfield handed over the money to Oxfam shop manager Janice Linfield.

Committee member Roger Kohn donated the piece. He said: “The painting belonged to my mother and when she died earlier this year I decided, as I already have copies of Barbara’s work to donate it. I know both Barbara and my mother would have been happy it has done some good.”

The 86-year-old, who worked at the Windmill Street store since its opening almost 30 years ago also worked for many years at Wrotham Road.

Shop manger Janice Linfield said: “She was a very generous person.”

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