Art and poetry contest to boost Sir Norman Lamb's charity

Heather Riley is running a competition for young artists and poets in Norfolk. 

Heather Riley is running a competition for young artists and poets in Norfolk. - Credit: Supplied by Heather Riley

Young artists and poets have been invited to take part in a competition that is raising money for the Norman Lamb Mental Health and Well-being Fund.

Heather Riley, a physiotherapist from Tunstead, has launched the competition to raise awareness of mental well-being issues.

Mrs Riley said: "Mental health is a subject that's very close to my heart. I've done a bit of research and have read how art can help with anxiety. This has been especially important during the lockdown, because many artists don't have full-time jobs."

Norman Lamb. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Sir Norman Lamb. The competition is raising money for his Mental Health and Well-being Fund. - Credit: Archant

Open to those aged 18 to 25 and living or studying in Norfolk, potential entrants are asked to submit a poem or a painting to express how nature and the environment affects mental health. 

It is free to enter via, but donations can be made on

The judges will come from Norfolk's art and literature community, and the deadline for submissions is July 30. There will be £1,150 in cash prizes on offer to the top entries. 

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