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Artistic thank you donated to Poole Hospital

An artist, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder, has donated one of her paintings to Poole Hospital.

L-R, Paul Bassford, Karina’s father and Janine Golding, community fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity
L-R, Paul Bassford, Karina’s father and Janine Golding, community fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity

Karina Wilgeroth, from Warblington in Havant, who has Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease, has been painting since she was a child.

Her donation, titled ‘In bloom’, will be entered into a hospital-wide raffle with all departments having the chance to submit their entry. The winner will be selected at random with the beautiful painting being displayed in their staff rest place.

Inspiration for Karina’s paintings is taken from natural life, feelings of pain and happiness or ideas that pop into her head. Her pieces are on show at other hospitals and have also sold internationally.

Due to Karina’s condition, she has been in and out of hospital all her life and often donates to hospitals as a way of giving something back to staff who give their all to help others.

She said, “Hospitals and dedicated NHS staff have helped me on more than a few occasions and I love to think of my work being enjoyed by as many people as possible.”

Karina varies the way she paints between hand painting and using her mouth, with her donation to the hospital taking one week to complete, painting three hours a day.

Karina uses her art to help raise awareness of CMT, and would like to thank CMT UK and the CMT Research Foundation for their support, help and advice in living with the disease.

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