A fifteen-year-old artist, Tihami, from Brighton has raised one hundred and fifty pounds for homelessness charity Brighton Housing Trust (BHT). This was through selling his paintings at a special exhibition at the Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC).
Tihami is a keen member of the BTTC; he is in foster care and started coming to the club a year ago at the weekly sessions run for students attending Brighton and Hove’s Pupil Referral Unit. After a table tennis session at his school with one of the club’s founders, Tim Holtam, Tihami showed Tim his GCSE artwork. Tim was so impressed he suggested that he exhibit it at the BTTC.
The exhibition was a great success and Tihami was able to raise £150 for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, which provides a range of practical services for rough sleepers in the city, helping them to move off the streets for good. Tihami said:
“Homelessness is an issue close to my heart, one of my friend’s uncles is homeless. Last year I went around town giving out hot teas and coffees to the street homeless around Brighton, it made my day to make someone happy.”
BHT and BTTC are two local charities with a long history of working together. BTTC run regular table tennis sessions in BHT’s First Base Day Centre and have previously run them in Shore House, BHT’s supported accommodation for people with complex mental health needs. Bill Randall, a trustee of both charities and former Mayor of Brighton and Hove, was the first person to buy one of Tihami’s paintings. He said:
“The Brighton Table Tennis Club brings people from many communities and all ages together through mutual support and friendship. Tihami is an inspiring young man and a talented artist, and I was delighted to buy one of his paintings. His generosity in raising money for First Base will make a big difference to rough sleepers in our city.”
Tihami is currently exhibiting more of his art work at Brighton Youth Centre as part of their Brighton Youth Arts Festival.
For more information on Brighton Housing Trust, please click here : http://www.bht.org.uk