A former Preston art student is heading to Africa to help save lives.
Harriet Jackson has enlisted as a volunteer in a concerted effort to combine her interest in art and charity to aid grief-stricken people.
Grimsargh-born Harriet, who studied at the University of Central Lancashire, will head to Namibia later this month and spend time with the African Fine Art Gallery charity.
She will also learn about the fund-raising opportunities which exist by visiting universities and galleries in and around the capital city of Windhoek.
The 27-year-old, who gained a fine art degree at UCLan, said: “It’s just incredibly exciting.
“I have always wanted to carry out charity work, and to be able to combine that with my love of art is a dream come true.”
Harriet attended Alston Lane Primary School in Grimsargh, St Cecilia’s High School in Longridge and Stonyhurst College before completing her education at UCLan.
Harriet said that she had been inspired to help in any way she could.
She said: “Art has been my life and my work means I am able to devote time and effort to the poor people of Africa, where circumstances are difficult to say the very least.
“Money we raise through the charity will provide safe, clean water.
“I also have links with ART (Africa Relief Trust) and have just accepted an invitation to become a trustee at the Conserve Africa Foundation, a charity that was founded 10 years ago but is currently dormant due to a lack of support.
“When you see and hear what life is like in many areas of Africa you realise how privileged we are in this country and all of that has inspired me to want to help in any way I can.”
Harriet, who works as a secretary in Longridge, also has a passion for animals and has ridden her horse, Candy, to some notable local successes, most recently achieving three first places at the Chipping Show.
She said: “That’s a hobby – my only focus now is seeing what I can do to help the desperate people in parts of Africa.
“Later in the year I will also help to organise and run some art exhibitions in the Preston area to try to give a boost to the fundraising.”
Any local artists - or schools and colleges - who would like to donate a piece of work for ART, should contact email@example.com.