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Havens Hospice appeal to keep Paul Karslake's Trail Hare

Can you help Havens Hospices create a lasting legacy for Paul Karslake?

The final and beautiful piece of art produced by the prominent local artist Paul Karslake, who sadly died at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, was a stunning Hare as part of Havens Hospices’ Hares About Town trail. Paul’s Hare, known as Leporum Fisher can be seen throughout the trail at Chalkwell seafront.

Unbeknown to many, Paul had been commissioned to produce a custom piece of art to stand outside the new Fair Havens building in Prittlewell. Sadly, Paul died before he could begin this work and therefore Leporum Fisher, as his final piece of work, has a special place in the heart of all those at Havens Hospices, as well as, of course, for Paul’s family and friends.

Head of Philanthropy Louise Gloyne – who knew Paul and his family – says, “Instead of the commissioned piece that Paul could not sadly complete, we at Havens Hospices want to make the gardens at the new hospice Leporum Fisher’s forever home. It seems only right that Paul can still be the first artist credited with a piece at the new hospice building.”

“To secure Leporum Fisher’s return to the gardens at Havens Hospices, we must win the Hare at the auction as the highest bidder. We would love for the community in and around Southend, and indeed across Essex, to come together as the collective highest bidders through our dedicated JustGiving page, not only securing this beautiful and poignant Hare for the charity but at the same time raising important funds for our local hospice care.”

At the end of the Hares About Town trail, every hare, including Leporum Fisher, will be auctioned to the highest bidder with the proceeds of the auction going to Havens Hospices to help them care for more people.

If you’d like to help bring Paul’s hare to the hospice you can donate here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulkarslakeshare