PHOTOS: Pebble towers, giant jellyfish and fishbone on Budleigh beach raise funds for deaf children

A giant jellyfish and stone snail on Budleigh Salterton beach are among pebble art created to raise funds for deaf children.

Pebble artist Simon Wood, of Armytage Road, Budleigh, is asking people who are enjoying his alfresco sculptures to donate to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

Simon, whose past pebble art has raised more than £900 for the cause, has set up a JustGiving page, and has posters nearby giving details, in the hope visitors will donate over the summer.

He said: “A lot of people stop and take pictures of the sign so they might donate at some point. Every pound is a good pound.”

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Simon, a gardener, began his popular beach art around six years ago, heading for the shore as therapy after breaking his hand, which made day-to-day work difficult.

Using his left, uninjured hand, he picked up and placed hundreds of pebbles into large designs.

This year Simon has earned praise from visitors to the beach, applauding him for a shore-side pebble art tribute to the NHS during with the coronavirus pandemic.

New designs are being added weekly, as Simon heads to the beach whenever he can.

This year’s designs include a cat – a tribute to his much-loved pet who died earlier this year – a fishbone, a pebble heart, yacht and jellyfish, plus a ‘dramatic’ series of towers.

Some of the designs, which are sketched out carefully on paper, take weeks to complete.

Simon said: “I have done a heart, it’s for everyone. I have tagged it onto the NHS. People can take it how they want, it’s not for anybody in particular.

“I started really early this year. The weather has been so good. I have got a lot of positive comments from people.”

In the past Simon has remembered loved-ones through his beach art – previous creations have included a panda – a shared-joke tribute to his long-term partner, Bridgee Malone, who died suddenly in August 2011.

Simon was dubbed ‘Budleigh’s Banksy’ because the pebble images first appeared without any clue to who was creating them.

His pebble art began supporting the NDCS in 2015, after he learned about the charity’s work from a doorstep fundraiser.

At the time Simon aimed to raise £100 for the cause. Over the years his pebble art has donated more than £900 to the NDCS thanks to public appreciation of his creations.

Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-wood28

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