Lewes photographer is top


Talented Pat Histed, from Lewes, has been recognised by the Duchess of Gloucester for her creative talents after winning the Mervyn Peake Award for best photography.

The award, held at Merchant Taylor Hall in London, was founded by Parkinson’s UK, to recognise and encourage creativity in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Incorporating awards for photography, poetry and painting, Pat was one of more than 300 people that entered the competition named after the Gormenghast writer and illustrator Mervyn Peake who had Parkinson’s.

His children Fabian Peake and Clare Penate judged the awards and also provided the winners’ prize money.

Pat said: “I’m so delighted to have won the Mervyn Peake Award, its means a lot to me. I think it’s fantastic that Parkinson’s UK has the award to recognise the creativity of people with Parkinson’s. I’m just ecstatic by my win and meeting the Duchess of Gloucester.”

The Duchess said: “It’s truly wonderful to be able to celebrate such beautiful and inspiring art. The Mervyn Peake Award highlights the abundant creative talent that needs a channel for expression. This award and Parkinson’s UK offers people with Parkinson’s that much needed channel.”