OVO auction raises £300 for Mind in Mid Herts


We’re delighted to announce that Hertfordshire couple, Joanne and Richard Taylor, have won the stunning painting of a deep blue sea, used as a key part of the set during OVO’s run of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, last month.

Their generous bid, made in a blind auction held by OVO alongside the run, secured them the original piece of artwork painted by actress and artist Emma Watson. Emma played the lead role of Hester Collyer, whose attempted suicide opens the play.

Joanne said: “My husband and I were bowled over by our first trip to The Maltings Arts Theatre which was made even more enjoyable by a fabulous play. To sit so close to the set and the cast was a real privilege. Emma’s painting took centre stage and really helped to bring the story to life. We’re both really pleased to have won the painting and to help give something back to such a worthy cause.”

Adele Hemmings, Business Development Officer at Mind in Mid Herts said: “It meant a lot to us at Mind in Mid Herts to be approached by OVO because although we are affiliated to National Mind we are financially independent and therefore the awareness and money raised makes a huge impact to us & the people of Hertfordshire. Everyone has mental health and it is so important to us that we have organisations like OVO who help us to reduce stigma and encourage people to talk about their mental health. The money raised will go straight back into providing prevention, recovery, and support services in Hertfordshire to empower people to take control of their mental health.”