Credit to: Phil Long and all involved in the Alice Martineau Appeal
Content from: Phil Long

LAUNCH OF THE ALICE MARTINEAU APPEAL - IN AID OF THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS TRUST
26th April 2004

On the evening of Tuesday, 8th June, a unique and special art exhibition will be held to launch and raise money for the Alice Martineau Appeal at Il Bottaccio, 9 Grosvenor Place, London W1. The purpose of the Appeal is to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in Alice’s name and memory

Very sadly Alice died last year at the age of 30 from Cystic Fibrosis (CF). She was amazingly cheerful and courageous throughout her life, and as an extremely talented singer/songwriter, she managed to achieve her dream and signed a recording contract with Sony in 2002. Her album ‘Daydreams’ was released to critical acclaim not long before her death. Alice was a huge source of inspiration and strength to fellow CF sufferers. She was the subject of a BBC television documentary (The Nine Lives of Alice Martineau) and during her lifetime many articles about her appeared in the national press.

Cystic Fibrosis is the UK’s most common, life threatening inherited disease. It affects the lungs and digestive system and 1 in 25 of the UK population carries the faulty CF gene (if both parents are carriers of the faulty gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance that their child will have CF). Average life expectancy is just 31 years and it is a deeply sad fact that three young lives are lost to CF every week. The CF Trust funds medical and scientific research aimed at understanding, treating and finding a cure for CF, including groundbreaking research into Gene Therapy. All funds raised through the Alice Martineau Appeal will go directly to Gene Therapy research.

The exhibition will display new paintings of Alice by her brother Luke, who is a very successful and established artist in his own right (existing paintings of Alice are already highly sought after). A silent auction of the paintings will be held during the evening and all the proceeds from the auction will go to the Appeal. A beautiful book of the paintings in the exhibition is being published to accompany the launch. The Duchess of York has agreed to be the patron of the Appeal and is kindly contributing to the book and will be attending the launch she will also be personally sending out invitations to many of her contacts and friends.

Tickets for the exhibition and launch will be sold by invitation only and it is expected that at least 250 people will attend. It is hoped that, before other donations, the sales of the tickets, books and original artwork will raise at least £20,000.

Some of Luke’s paintings (including some of Alice) can be viewed at www.lukemartineau.com.
Alice still has a website at: http://www.alicemartineau.com
and for more information on the CF Trust go to http://www.cftrust.org.uk.
In due course the entire alphabet series will be viewable at http://www.cftrust.org.uk/aliceappeal.

For further information please contact Phil Long on:
0115 947 5440
07971 780821