Talented artist Leslie Norah Hills, a resident at Leighside House in Lewes, one of Guinness Care’s Independent Living schemes in East Sussex, has become a local celebrity thanks to her charitable donations through the sale of her artwork.

Leslie, who is 80 years old, paints commissioned portraits as well as painting beautiful local interest pictures, which she then has printed onto cards for sale. Leslie donates all the proceeds from the sales to Cancer Research UK, and has raised almost £35,000 to date.

As a result of her great work, local television station Mirador tv, is running a series of interviews with Leslie covering how she became an artist, what inspired her to donate all the proceeds from her sales to charity, and about the subjects she has painted – including politicians, public figures and royalty!

Dawn Gibbs, Guinness Care Independent Living Adviser said: “I’m so proud of Leslie and all the great work she has done to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. Leslie’s paintings are truly wonderful, and she is an amazing and very determined lady.”

 Leslie said: “During and after this pandemic, Cancer Research UK is going to need all the financial help possible, as funds are running low. This also applies to businesses and people in general, of course, but whatever I can raise for the charity with my painting will be my motivation in the future.”

Lynn Daly, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK said: “Leslie has been using her considerable talent to support Cancer Research UK for many years and has raised an enormous amount of money for us. Her paintings are a familiar and much-loved sight in the window of our Lewes shop.

“We cannot thank her enough and can assure her every penny raised via her work will be well spent and help us beat cancer sooner.”

A couple of years ago Cancer Research UK invited Leslie to a Buckingham Palace garden party as a thank you for all her hard work.

Leslie also raises funds for the RNLI and hosts a RNLI fundraiser coffee morning every Christmas at Leighside House.