Secret Artist Postcard Auction fundraiser

Come one, come all,
get your artistic juices flowing and make a postcard-sized artwork for the
Secret Artist Postcard Auction fundraiser
to help save Jenny’s life!

Whether you’re a professional artist, a dabbler, a doodler, or anything in between, we would love you to send us a postcard-sized (A6) artwork. The art will be displayed and bid upon online on 1st December 2022: nobody will know whether the artwork that they choose to bid upon has been created by a famous artist or an amateur, an adult or a child! The artist will remain secret until bidding is complete!

Details and rules:

Creators make a postcard-sized (A6) artwork which can be portrait or landscape
– any age artist
– any style
– any media
– any colours
– any topic, serious or funny

Write your full name on the back of your creation so that viewers of the artworks will not know who the creators of the artworks are, until they have bought the item. This is the ‘secret’ aspect. 

Send your finished A6 piece of art to us by 20th November 2022 at the following address, so that we can photograph it in plenty of time for the auction:

PO Box 57
SY20 0AP

The auction is on Thursday December 1st, 2022.

Please enclose a return postal address; should any artwork remain unsold, we would like to return your artwork to you.

We will take a photo of your artwork and add a watermark so that your art cannot be copied or used by others, when displayed online.

How it works:

Once all the photos of the artworks are put on Jenny’s website, each photo will be linked to ebay for the auction. So when viewers click on the artwork they are interested in, they will be sent to the ebay auction of that item, where they can bid upon it.

What the fundraiser is for: to help raise money towards life-saving neurosurgery for Jenny Rowbory that is unavailable in the U.K.
See for the fundraising page.

Why Jenny urgently needs surgery:

During her first term at university in 2004, Jenny became ill with a virus that caused severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord), causing her to become bed-bound and acutely ill for the last 17 (nearly 18) years. She has been unable to sit up or speak, struggling to breathe and swallow.

In May 2015, after genetic testing, she was also diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This genetic disorder causes the body to produce faulty collagen. The biggest problem for Jenny is that the faulty collagen has caused the ligaments and connective tissue in her neck to become lax, which means that it can’t support her skull. So the vertebrae and skull move around and subluxate (subluxation is like dislocation); blood flow is severely reduced, causing increasing numbness. 

This neck instability became life-threatening and Jenny had to have an operation in January 2020 to try to fuse her neck in place to save her life, as well as a decompression surgery for Chiari Malformation. Unfortunately the fusion surgery was not a success and she became a lot more disabled and it’s too dangerous to move her neck or head at all. The only neurosurgeon in the world who specialises in fusion (and fusion revision) surgeries and invasive bolt traction testing to determine the correct fusion position for highly complex Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients, is in the USA. Jenny has been clinging to life by the skin of her teeth while trying to hang on to fundraise enough money for the three surgeries that this neurosurgeon has said that she needs to have a hope of staying alive and regaining some sort of quality of life, as well as the money for the Medevac air ambulance needed to get there. Her fundraising page is here, where it goes into detail on the exact surgery procedures she needs:

Jenny hasn’t been able to move her head off her pillow since the unsuccessful fusion surgery. She can’t look down, up or side to side. She can’t be washed or have her pyjamas or bedding changed because if she moves her neck even a tiny bit in the wrong direction, it causes massive extra damage and blood flow is reduced further. Any extra bit of damage could very easily kill her. Nurses have tried and failed to wash her or change her clothes without seriously harming her neck further. So she has to be left unwashed, which is horrific. The subluxing vertebrae have moved the neck into a structure that partially obstructs her airway and she is always in respiratory distress as a result. There is nothing more any doctor in the UK can do for her. So she has been left in this condition until we can raise the money needed to be treated by the specialist surgeon in New York.

Only a patch of ceiling directly above Jenny is within her field of vision. The only part of her body that she’s seen since the operation are her hands, which she can briefly raise to her eyes to see but she can’t look down to see anything else. She’s rarely able to look at the screen of her phone, even though she tries to hold it up directly above her head to put it in her field of vision, because doing so damages her neck more.