A TEENAGER made a special present for her Bognor Regis grandparents picture perfect after she flew 12,000 miles from New Zealand.
Talented artist Judy Kingham, 16, sent Janet and John Heasman in the town an unusual painting of a dressed-up badger.
The proud grandparents were so impressed by the schoolgirl’s work of art they went to Frame of Mind, a community interest company at the Arun Business Park off Shripney Road, to have it framed for a wall in their home.
A week after they had selected a frame, Mr and Mrs Heasman were called back to choose an alternative because the original one had a fault.
The short delay proved a stroke of good fortune because Judy and her family had arrived by then from their home in Dunedin for a month’s holiday.
This enabled Judy to go along to Frame of Mind to help to make the frame.
Judy said: “It was great. I didn’t realise there was so much involved in framing a picture but I really enjoyed it.”
Mrs Heasman was delighted by the personal touch for the unique painting.
“It’s really wonderful. I never imagined Judy would have the opportunity to do this for us,” she said.
“It’s made a very special memory for us to hang on our well. It’s fantastic.”
Judy put the finishing touches to framing her painting under the supervision of Frame of Mind’s senior support worker, Paul Smith, and took it back to her grandparents’ home.
Frame of Mind joint founder Theresa Bates said: “We don’t do this normally but we thought since Judy had travelled so far it would be nice for her to create something special for her grandparents to remember her visit by. A lot of our work is about preserving memories. We just added a little bit extra and helped create a special memory this time.”
Frame of Mind provides vocational training and wellbeing places for adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities or dementia.
Trainees learn picture framing, digital printing and customer care skills.