As forum regulars may be aware, in October 2014 poster Callis’s father Tom had a serious motorbike accident which paramedics prevented from taking his life at the scene. Furthermore, if it hadn’t been for the urgent actions of the staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital he would no longer have a right leg.
His road to recovery will be long; his right leg is currently held together by a metal frame and rods, and it will be well over a year before he is well enough to return to my normal daily life.
During his nine-week stay in hospital, doodling, sketching and drawing played a major part in his mental recovery and therefore marks his progress. Because of this, he is using his recovery time to draw, the results of which he is currently posting on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TomCallisArt.
One of his biggest battles with being immobile for a prolonged period of time is not only the physical pain, but the mental frustration of keeping his mind active and finding a purpose whilst stuck in a bed. Therefore, he has decided to use these sketches to create purpose, by taking drawing requests in exchange for a charitable donation to the Addenbrooke’s Trust.
By donating, you are not only helping a once-active man pass the time whilst he heals, but helping him give something back to the hospital to whom he owes so much. It’s also a fantastic chance to get a hand-drawn art commission for a fantastic price.
He has outlined donation levels on his Facebook page and what each one will get you in return (minimum £5 donation).
- £5+: Tom will draw your request and take a photo of it, which he will in turn upload to the Facebook wall.
- £10+: Tom will draw your request, which in turn will be scanned and emailed to you as a high resolution image file.
- £30+: Tom will draw your request and give you the original piece to keep. This can either be posted or collected from Lakenheath if easier.