Viking Self Storage of Bedford, England, turned six of its storage units into gallery space last week, showcasing local artists for a charity event designed to raise money for the local YMCA. Artists as well as individuals who have been helped by YMCA Bedfordshire submitted pieces for display. Attendees could browse and buy the artwork while enjoying food and beverages. Purchases tallied £317 during the one-day event, with a minimum of 10 percent from each purchase donated to the YMCA, according to the source.
“YMCA Bedfordshire play a key role in providing support to those who need it most, and we're very proud to continue raising awareness of the fantastic work they do,” Charlie Schneider, sales and marketing manager for Viking, told the source. “The event was a great success, raising funds for the charity whilst also supporting up-and-coming Bedford artists. We look forward to continuing these community events into 2017.”
“We're really pleased with the result of this event and grateful to Viking for hosting it,” added Paul Kellett, marketing and fundraising officer for YMCA Bedfordshire. “For many of our service users and residents, art is a way to express aspects of their journey and life experiences in a meaningful way. To be able to showcase their creative talents alongside local artists is a highlight, and we are thrilled that they were given this opportunity.”
Viking Self Storage has 800 units and offers household, business and student storage as well as a box shop. The business is headquartered in the Elms Farm Industrial Estate, on the eastern side of Bedford Town Centre.
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