Sir Antony Gormley.

A world renown sculptor with a studio in West Norfolk is to donate £50,000 to a “heroic” mental health charity based in North Lynn.

Sir Antony Gormley, best known for creating The Angel of the North, will be supporting three charities with a new piece of artwork called Together (2020).

The artist has produced a limited run of 250 signed drawings and the money raised will be divided between the One to One Project based on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, The Trussell Trust, which supports a network of food banks including King’s Lynn Foodbank, and Together for Mental Wellbeing.

The drawing reflects on isolation from loved ones during the pandemic and was produced in West Norfolk.

Sir Antony, a patron of Westacre Theatre, and the White Cube gallery, which represents him, launched the edition on Wednesday for charities helping people “suffering the physical, financial and emotional consequences of the lockdown”.

“‘I made this image to support some of the charities doing heroic work during this pandemic, helping people in both body and mind,” Sir Antony said.

Sarah Nightingale-Socolova, assistant manager at the One to One Project, said the donation would allow the charity “some breathing space”.

“We very excited about Antony Gormley’s generous donation. This will allow the project to provide immediate, remote support to people,” she said.

“It also enables us to provide more training to volunteer mentors who will be working out in the community once restrictions are lifted providing one-to-one support to individuals in their own homes and communities.

“This donation will allow us to continue to offer a free service and be there for those who need us most.

“As a charity it is always a worry as to whether we are going to be able to carry on making a difference and if we are going to be letting people down who rely on our service. 

“This donation means that for the time being we have some breathing space and can carry on doing the work we do, enabling people to change their lives for the better.”

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