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Inkie show in Bristol to raise cochlear implant cash
Medusa by Inkie
Demand for the exhibition is expected to be high

One of Bristol's best known street artists is back in the city with a new exhibition, which will also raise cash for deaf children in the South West.

Work by Inkie, aka Tom Bingle, has been adorning walls in Bristol since 1984.

The 40-year-old from Clifton is holding a show from which 25% of all proceeds will be donated to Southmead's West of England Cochlear Implant Programme.

Inkie chose the cause as his six-year-old daughter, Joni, has benefitted from a cochlear implant.

The implants are electronic devices which can help profoundly and severely deaf people to hear.


"The cochlear implant has undoubtedly improved my daughter's quality of life," said Inkie.

"I'm determined to raise enough cash each year to enable at least one child to have a cochlear implant fitted."

Last year, the urban artist raised £24,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital by holding a charity auction.

Everyone who attends the exhibition at The Bank of Stokes Croft in Bristol - Celebrating 25 Years of Ink - Part Two - will be encouraged to donate money to the West of England Cochlear Implant Programme.

The programme was established in 1995 as the regional centre for the South West.

About 100 patients - adults and children - are implanted at Southmead each year. Implanted patients remain under the care of the programme for life.

Inkie's show opens on 16 December 2010, from 6pm to 9pm, and is likely to run for a few days at most, due to high demand: Celebrating 25 Years of Ink - Part One sold out on the first day.

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