A talented young Wolverhampton artist has raised hundreds for the NHS with her outstanding custom paintings.
Aditi Mandal, from Tettenhall Wood, has been keeping herself busy in lockdown by working on her art skills and is now putting them to good use raising hundreds of pounds for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity.
She was inspired to raise funds for the trust after watching her mother, Kasturi Mandal, working on the front line at New Cross Hospital throughout the pandemic and seeing the effects of Covid-19 first-hand after her mum and dad, Anand, both contracted the virus.
Anand, a professor at University of Birmingham, said: “We were very lucky not to be hospitalised, but we are both OK now, Kasturi was back at work after 14 days and I have been working from home.
“Aditi has seen the process of the virus and that has motivated her to do this for the NHS.”
The Woodthorne Primary School pupil discovered her passion for art when she was six years old and before lockdown she was having art lessons, but has received a helping hand from her father and grandfather Pravat Mandal.
She has now raised more than £700 for the trust and has another 35 paintings yet to complete.
Mother Kasturi added: “She has seen how the NHS has tried to cope with Covid first-hand, she was always excited to take part in the weekly Clap For Carers and has seen me going out to work every day too.
“We never expected her to raise so much, initially we set the target at £150.
“We just wanted her to feel like she was doing something for the community and to stand her in good stead, she is very happy that so many people are supporting her.”
Her commissions have included Beauty and the Beast, birds, portraits and park scenes, but her favourite thing to paint is landscapes.
Aditi is still taking requests for artwork in return for donations, via her JustGiving page, Art by Aditi.
Anand said: “We are very pleased, she is a humble girl and also very academically gifted too.
“It is a little way of contributing to all frontline workers in the NHS.
“Families with doctors have been hit hard, children have been in school and watching their parents go out to the hospital each day.
“This is a good way she has show what these children can do for society and I hope that she will inspire a lot of other people.”