Friend of Lavenham snowboarder to hold exhibition in aid of charity set up in her memory

Emily Watts
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A friend of Lavenham snowboarder Emily ‘Mimi’ Watts who died after an accident in the French alps, is to help raise money for a charity set up in her memory.

The Good Story charity, set up by 26-year-old Emily’s family following her death last month, will help young people start up creative businesses.

Bury St Edmunds artist Ben Mathers is holding an exhibition of his photographs at the Norwich Arts Centre from Saturday (5) through to February 2.

All profits from the exhibition will be donated to the Good Story charity.

“Having known Mimi as a very close friend for a number of years, I want this exhibition to show in memory of her and for the proceeds to go into this wonderful charity that has been set up.

“A career in the arts can often seem unattainable to young people struggling to find work.

“It is important to help enable people’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to flourish if we want to build a strong, diverse and beautiful society.”

Mimi’s brother Rory said: “An organisation like a charity can outlive anyone - and supporting Mimi’s memory by creating something long-lasting felt like the right thing to do.

“We are delighted that donations are coming in at an astonishing rate.”

Ben’s work is a study of the margins between nature and culture: what happens when humans leave areas or stop maintaining manmade objects.

His photographs are taken throughout Eastern Europe, and rural East Anglia.

The charity’s website - www.goodstory.org.uk - gives full details of its aims and there is also a Facebook and Twitter pages /goodstoryuk