A textile artist from Barley is auctioning off her artwork to raise money for Save the Children.

Alison White is giving away her picture, entitled 'Ukrainian Peace Tree', in a raffle to support the Royston and Buntingford branch of the charity.

She said: "I’m really delighted to be raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.

"Across the world, Save the Children is delivering life-saving aid; providing clean water, running vaccination programmes and helping to give children an education.

Royston Crow: Alison White's Ukrainian Peace TreeAlison White's Ukrainian Peace Tree (Image: Alison White)

"I wanted to do something to help with the terrible war in Ukraine and the suffering it’s causing.

"I really hope to raise lots of cash and hope the local community will come together to support me!"

Alison's art is handmade from felt and wool fibres, and decorated with buttons and beads. She takes commissions for personalised tree pictures covering different themes - from sailing and aviation to cricket and haberdashery.

You can view more of her work at https://www.sheepythings.com/tree_pictures.html.

Save the Children is asking people to donate to be entered into the raffle, for a chance to win the picture.

The raffle will be drawn on Ukrainian Defenders Day, which is Saturday, October 14.

The winner will receive the picture, which measures 30cm by 30cm, through the post.

All donations will go towards Save the Children's Child Emergency Fund, which helps children affected by the war in Ukraine.


Since the war began, the charity has reached 36,500 in Ukraine, including running child-friendly spaces, rehabilitating damaged schools and providing families with cash, vouchers and medical care.

Save the Children spokesperson Rosie Lloyd said: "This money will make such a difference to the world's most vulnerable children.

"Simple and inexpensive solutions help to save lives and it is local fundraising events like this that make Save the Children's essential work possible."

Donations of any size can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/page/lucie-coleridge-1677589552227.

Donors should tick 'no' when asked about Gift Aid, as this cannot be part of your donation if you are going to enter into the draw.

For more information about Save the Children's work in Ukraine and how you can help visit https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/europe/ukraine