A LECTURER who works in Earley has been busy making clay sculptures, hoping to sell them and give the proceeds to charity.

Samantha Robertson, ceramics lecturer at Woodley Hill House, Earley, has been throwing pottery in the hopes of raising funds for the NHS, as part of a national campaign launched on May 1.

The campaign, 'throw for the NHS', is getting hundreds of potters to throw on the first day of each month, creating a new sculpture which is to be sold and the profits given to various NHS-supporting charities.

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Ms Robertson said: "I am part of a local volunteer group called 'Bordon Buddies' who are supporting elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating at this time, so in my spare time I am collecting prescriptions and food shopping, but I wanted to do more specifically for the NHS as I have friends and family who are nurses working on the front line.

"I saw a post on social media for Throw for the NHS and thought it was a perfect opportunity to combine my passion for making ceramics with the positive benefits of raising money for NHS charities.

So far, Ms Robertson has crafted cacti and herb planters in her home studio, intending to be sold in a couple of weeks.

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She added: "The campaign launched on 1 May, so I spent the day throwing planters and am now busy getting them finished ready to sell and start raising some money.

"I feel privileged to be part of a collective of makers who have come together to do something positive and make a small contribution towards supporting NHS charities and those who are working on the front line every day."

To follow her progress, follow @sjr_ceramics on Instagram or #throwforthenhs to see all potters across the country who are involved.