May 2020 – There is Hope


Own a Unique Piece of History and Help Adults with Learning Disabilities


We are delighted to be able to announce that professional artist Carol Sugden has created a one-off piece of #covidart to raise money to help adults with learning disabilities at Acorn Village… find out more below.


‘May 2020 There is Hope’

‘I haven’t seen my daughter since the 16th March. Since then the world has changed dramatically.

My daughter has been at Acorn Village for 27 years having a life I never expected possible. If you told me 27 years ago she would be the person she is today with more good days than bad, the ability to communicate in a way that suits her needs and empowered to have her own independence yet with full support, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Since losing my husband David, painting hasn’t held the same appeal for me and had been put aside. However it saddened me to think of Acorn Village losing all of its abilities to raise money as it’s such a special place and I wanted to do something about it. It was actually my gardener that helped me to realise I could do this through my art.

The Covid-19 pandemic put a hold on life and I wanted to express through my painting that throughout the darkness there is hope. As Acorn Village is based in Mistley, Manningtree I wanted to focus on the River Stour. Covid is trying to smother the river and the town, indeed the world, but nature and it’s people are a united front. The battle between land, water, sky, townsfolk and the virus will continue for as long as is necessary.‘

Carol Sugden has previously studied first at Leeds Art College then later at St. Martins London and has sold her paintings in the Sutcliffe Contemporary Galleries.
Carol’s previous art has been valued at £600+, she’s not expecting this amount from this piece but is hoping to raise as much as possible to help adults with learning disabilities at Acorn Village.

Please see Carol’s other work at her website:

If you would like to put an offer in, please go to her website and fill in the contact form with your offer. Offers will be open until the 31st July 2020 when the highest bidder will be contacted. We would appreciate a minimum starting bid of £150.

Thank you to Carol for this unique opportunity to own a piece of history that will no doubt become a family heirloom in years to come.

Size: 55cm x 46cm

Please could you spread the word and help us raise as much awareness and funds as possible and give someone a chance to own this unique masterpiece.


Acorn Village Impact Report 2018 -2019


Click on the below to read the impact Acorn Village and supporters had during 2018-2019.
Little did any of us know what was to come next…


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