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Andrew Mitchell MP meets father of late children’s TV presenter, to discuss the work of his charity in Royal Town

The Royal Town’s MP, Andrew Mitchell, met with Oliver Speight, founder of registered Sutton Coldfield charity, Speight of the Art.

Speight of the Art aims to seek out future artistic skills and talent in children in all its various forms, including: the performing arts, graphics, fashion, sculpture, and graffiti. It works to promote and encourage the involvement of all young people in art as a means of self-expression and personal and community development.

The charity was set up in 2008 following the death of Oliver Speight’s late son, former CBBC presenter Mark Speight, who presented children’s T.V. programmes SMart until his death in 2008. Andrew and Oliver spoke of the importance of carrying on the legacy of Mark. Some 3,335 children and senior citizens have been the beneficiaries of the charity in the past year thanks to the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, with 2000 of those being in Royal Sutton Coldfield.

Andrew said: “Speight of the Art is a brilliant local charity, which has done great things for children in our Royal Town. Oliver’s work to raise over £500,000 through the charity since 2008 is a truly remarkable feat.’

Photo: Oliver Speight and Andrew Mitchell MP

Speight of the Art: Oliver Speight and Andrew Mitchell MP

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