Talented artist finds a creative way to help unpaid carers

23rd March 22

Artist Belly Ellis fundraising paintingArtist Betty Ellis fundraising for Caring TogetherTalented artist Betty Ellis has found a creative way to use her painting skills to support unpaid carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk.

Betty, who specialises in watercolour paintings of children and pets and landscapes of local landmarks is also a full-time carer to her husband John, who has a physical disability. Caring Together has been supporting Betty for the last few years and as a thank you she will be donating a percentage of the sale value of her artwork to us.

Artist Betty Ellis fundraising for Caring TogetherCaring can be isolating and challenging, especially as carers have faced additional difficulties over the past two years due to the pandemic.

Betty has benefited from attending one of the our carer hubs – where she has had the opportunity to meet with other carers in a similar situation. She also receives emotional support from Caring Together to help her cope better with her caring role, which she says is ‘tough at times’.

She said, “As a carer, I think sometimes you just need to talk to someone because you feel so lonely, helpless, and isolated.

Betty and John Ellis fundraising for Caring Together“We are not recognised by the Government and are not getting much help. People may not be aware of how much carers go through and how difficult it is. Carers need help and I want to help Caring Together.”

Zoe Bunter, Caring Together’s head of fundraising said, “This is a lovely gesture by Betty. Her paintings are beautiful and the people who buy them will not only receive a stunning picture but will also be helping unpaid carers across our region too.

“We are so thankful to Betty and others for helping us provide support to unpaid carers – they are amazing people.”

Betty’s artwork is available to view and buy at bettyellisart.co.uk