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Art and Charity in Nepal

"You're good at art; why don't you become a dentist?"; the careers advice of my big brother to me as a teenager who had no idea what to do with his life. I didn't quite follow the logic of that but in the absence of any other steers (least of all from Careers Masters) I went with his suggestion anyway.

I can't really reflect on too many artistic achievements over my subsequent 17 years as a British Army Dental Officer but my passion for art certainly found expression in the second career of my life, running a children's charity in Nepal. In July I returned to the UK after 8 years of working with some of Nepal's most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people totally sold on the value of art to both heal troubled minds and to provide a way into useful employment in a land where there are few alternative therapies and job opportunities.