“Lupus has changed my life”

Maggie Dunne and Jean Tonn with their artwork Welcome to Skegness
Maggie Dunne and Jean Tonn with their artwork Welcome to Skegness
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An eye-catching artwork inspired by scenes from Skegness is being sold to help medical experts treating a chronic immune disorder.

The quirky collage has been created by Lupus sufferer Maggie Dunne to raise funds for a specialist unit for the disease in London.

Maggie worked on the artwork called ‘Welcome to Skegness’ for several weeks with friend Jean Tonn.

They using recycled and organic material, the collage features familiar Skegness scenes including the fun fair, windfarm, pier, seal sanctuary and Jolly Fisherman.

The artwork priced £1,ooo is on sale at Skegness Framing in Drummond Road. Proceeds will be donated to The Louise Coote Lupus Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Maggie moved to Skegness with husband John after being diagnosed with Lupus more than four years ago.

Of the cause, she said: “The unit has been absolutely fantastic.

“I am taking a trial drug and wanted to give something back to the research programme.”

She added: “Lupus has changed my life.

“I no longer work and cannot even play with the grandchildren.

“I was so sporty and used to do sub aqua dives and 10k runs, but some days it is difficult getting out of bed, it is so debilitating.”

Skegness Framing owner Paul Farby agreed to display the artwork for free.

He said: “It is definitely one of the more unusual items I have displayed.”