Fundraising painter puts Durham Wildlife Trust in the picture

Wearside artist David Hughes MBE, who is aged 92, has agreed to support Durham Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) fundraising efforts by allowing the organisation to sell some of his images as postcards.

David, who lives in Houghton le Spring, paints for many charities and has donated a series of wildlife photographs to sell as postcards at DWT’s Shop at its Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve near Houghton le Spring.

David, a retired businessman, was awarded an MBE two years ago for decades of tireless fundraising work to help worthy causes.

He said: “I really got into painting as a hobby when I was still working. When I retired, I knew I needed something to do and I always liked watercolour painting.

“I had this desire to spend ages painting pictures. I spent a lot of money on books and taught myself.

“I received an MBE for my charitable work back in 2016 which was amazing – it was beyond belief to go to the Palace and meet Prince Charles.

“I’ve raised more than £150,000 for charities and to be able to help Durham Wildlife Trust by selling my postcards in their visitor centres is truly an honour.”

You can pick up the postcards while stock lasts at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.