A year ago our dear friend and colleague Jeni passed away. We had originally planned to hold a yearly fundraising event at Quay Arts in Jeni’s memory but due to the pandemic forcing the venue’s closure we were unable to do so this year. In light of this, we are asking visitors and patrons to kindly consider making a donation to one of the charities below.
Jen loved pink. Of that there was never any doubt. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who was more ‘pink’ to be honest. She was bright, vibrant, vivacious – the living embodiment of the colour. She had a zest for life and a real desire to encourage others to enjoy it as much as she did. Passion shone through in everything she undertook; working with young people and children to help enable them to enjoy creativity through the WAVES programme, ‘walking backwards’ to raise money for various charities, travelling and singing with the choir or making silver jewellery.
We originally planned to hold a yearly fundraising event at Quay Arts in Jeni’s memory but due to the pandemic forcing the venue’s closure are unable to do so this year. In light of this, we are asking visitors and patrons to kindly consider making a donation to one of the charities below.
So – this weekend – go pink. We are! Our website and social media and newsletter will turn pink and the venue will be lit up bright pink within to remember and celebrate our dear friend Jen. Please do join us in doing so – I’m certain she would have responded to hearing about it all with one of her big, joyful and infectious laughs!
Del – Centre manager
“On meeting Jeni, you couldn’t help but be struck by her warmth and enormously generous spirit. This was ever present in her work ethic – dedicated, engaging, and enthusiastic, she inspired so many. Incredibly creative too, I proudly wear a beautiful silver bracelet that she made for me. If Jen giggled, you giggled – her laugh was infectious. Her knowledge of ‘all things chocolate’ was also impressive.. quite the connoisseur. She loved the colour pink , and we all fondly referred to her as ‘Pink Jen’ which she loved. I have such special memories of Jeni and feel blessed to have known her.”
“Her bright and bubbly personality shone through in everything she did, a really loyal friend and colleague and a talented jewellery maker with a zest for life, taken far too soon.”
“Jeni would brighten up any room she stepped in with her contagious smile and bubbly personality. She had such a beautiful soul, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met! Her passion for making the arts accessible to those most vulnerable was truly inspiring.”
“A brilliant, friendly and kind colleague who fought hard for the provision of free creative opportunities for young people on the Isle of Wight, Jeni supported my development as an arts facilitator commissioning me through Quay Arts to deliver workshops, projects and exhibitions with young Islanders. A colourful personality with a sense of humour who is missed.“