14 years ago my sister Alice died from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 30. Alice had just signed a record contract with Sony and had released her debut album Daydreams to critical acclaim. She was an extraordinary individual with a great sense of purpose and a wicked sense of humour.
When Alice’s friends and our family launched an appeal fund in her memory, I painted an alphabetical series of pictures entitled ‘A is for Alice’ celebrating her life, character and achievement, which was sold at auction. It was in some ways the template for the alphabetical designs based on my children which you can see in the gallery on this site.
The Alice Martineau Appeal was officially launched by the Duchess of York in June 2004, and has since then raised well over £1 million. The main annual fundraiser for the Appeal is Carols by Candlelight, which takes place at St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, SW3 every December. Our Patron is Dame Judi Dench and we are supported every year by some wonderful celebrity readers from the worlds of literature, TV and theatre.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2016
with the Winchester College Chapel Choir and celebrity readers
Carols by Candlelight 2016 is at St Luke’s Sydney Street on Thursday 15th December. Tickets are £30 for the carol service and £50 for the carol service plus party afterwards at the Chelsea Gardener. Tickets are on sale now.
This year the address will be given by Nick Talbot, the first person with cystic fibrosis to conquer Mount Everest.
Keep an eye out for A Song for Tomorrow, written by Alice Peterson and published on 9th February 2017 by Simon & Schuster. This is an uplifting and moving account of Alice’s last years, which offers an amazing insight into life with cystic fibrosis as well as charting Alice’s extraordinary achievement in getting her record deal and releasing Daydreams whilst struggling with her illness.
The release of A Song for Tomorrow is very exciting: for our family and all Alice’s friends it represents another way of turning everything Alice endured into a brighter future for all those who suffer now from Cystic Fibrosis.
Click here to join Alice’s Facebook group.
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common life-threatening inherited diseases in the UK and seriously affects the lungs and digestive system. One person in 25 carries the faulty gene. Sadly, only half of those with CF will live over 41 years.
To find out more about Cystic Fibrosis, visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk