Exhibition helped a charity to support disease sufferers

One of the photos from Nina Borowsky's exhibition
One of the photos from Nina Borowsky's exhibition
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A WOMAN has raised money for charity through an art exhibition.

Nina Borowsky from Southsea created the exhibition about a connection between art and charity, and how more money can be raised for smaller charities.

The exhibition was on at Portsmouth Central Library and has now finished.

Mrs Borowsky said: ‘I am a photographer, so I wanted to exhibit my work and show it to people. It is a big achievement to demonstrate it and give it exposure.’

The money will be donated to the charity Debra, which helps people with epidermolysis bullosa.

This is a genetic condition causing skin to tear at the slightest opportunity.

Mrs Borowsky said it was important to support Debra. ‘There are lots of high street charities, British Heart Foundation and Barnados for example,’ she said.

‘Debra is a smaller charity which provides research for a skin condition where the skin doesn’t work.

‘Every charity needs money and although there is a Debra shop on Elm Grove, you can’t find one on the high street’.

The exhibition was featured on Solent TV and it was opened by the mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.

Mrs Borowsky said: ‘I got in contact with [Cllr Jonas] by sending an e-mail.

‘He was very appreciative, kind, and enjoyed my work.

‘I decided to give away three paintings for free but thought it would be a good idea to raise money by organising raffles.

‘The paintings got a positive response.

‘People liked my work, and they raised £75 for the charity.’

Epidermolysis bullosa can be inherited in either dominant or recessive form.

In a dominant case, a parent is affected from the condition and carries the gene, although the recessive form can be 
unexpected because both parents carry the gene.

In a dominant situation there is a 50 per cent chance of it being passed on, while a recessive situation has a 25 per cent chance of being passed on.

For more information, call Debra on (023) 9229 1574 or visit Debra.org.uk.