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Graffiti artists raise more than £1,000 for regional daily appeal

Graffiti artists have helped raised more than £1,000 for a regional daily’s charity campaign.

The Colchester Daily Gazette is aiming to help secure £4.5m of funding to build a new cancer care centre in the Essex town.

As part of the campaign, artist David Nash organised an exhibition of graffiti artworks in London with pieces being auctioned off for the campaign.

Mr Nash lost his stepmother Andi, from Frinton-on-Sea, in Essex, to bowel cancer after receiving treatment in Colchester for three years.

David Nash with his artwork of comic character Deadpool

David Nash with his artwork of comic character Deadpool

He told the Gazette: “Last year I painted because my step-mum had cancer and was too ill to come, but this time we wanted the donations to support the cancer unit where she spent her last days, so it means everything.

“The care she received was absolutely brilliant and with the Cancer Centre, the doctors aren’t promising to find a cure, it’s about making patients as comfortable as possible and they desperately need the new facilities.”

The event, called the Do One Cancer Jam, was first run last year by Mr Nash and his friend Charlie Pugh, whose girlfriend had recovered from breast cancer.

This year’s event, which saw proceeds go to the Gazette’s appeal, was held earlier this month.