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Singer Alesha starstruck over portrait
9:57am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
THE career of a teenage artist from Stanford-le-Hope looks set to soar after her portrait of Alesha Dixon was snapped up by the lady herself.
Jasmine Lewis-Gray, 17, who is studying animation at Southend College, painted the Britain’s Got Talent star for a charity auction to raise cash for Basildon Women’s Aid – the former Mis-Teeq singer is the charity’s patron.
The artwork was sent to the singer for her to sign, but Alesha loved it so much she had to keep it herself.
The star made a donation to the charity in exchange, as well as giving two tickets to Britain’s Got Talent for the auction.
Jasmine’s mum Heidi Gray, of Third Avenue, said: “I’m really proud. “Alesha sent Jasmine a personal video message, explaining she had decided to keep it as she loved it so much.
“Jasmine is hoping Alesha will spread the word and she will be commissioned to do some more paintings to help her save for her dream of attending Cal Arts University in Los Angeles next year, to do her degree and masters in animation.”
The auction and fundraiser was held at the Orsett Hall last Friday and saw £25,000 raised for the charity.