SARAH Firth is a rock when it comes to fundraising.

She has raised more than £1,000 for the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust charity, Better Lives, by painting and selling rocks.

Sarah, who works for the trust as a personal assistant, launched her artistic pursuit at the start of the first lockdown in March.

Initially it was just to unwind after a busy day’s work, but she decided to sell her creations in support of the charity – with a target of £100.

Sarah said: “It started with me asking friends what colours they would like but then I began getting more-specific requests – for everything from memory stones for pets to a copy of someone’s tattoo!

“I thought the requests would fizzle out but there has been a steady flow from staff at the trust as well as some recent requests from businesses. I will take some time off over the festive period but will keep my order book open to continue raising money for such a fantastic charity, which has supported me and my family in times of need.”

A photo of Sarah’s handiwork will also feature on Christmas cards being sold in aid of Better Lives.

The picture won the care trust’s annual seasonal greetings card competition – which was open to staff, patients and members of the public – and will appear as the design, together with four runners-up.

The cards are being sold in packs of ten.

Each pack costs £4.50, including postage and packing, with 65 per cent of proceeds from sales going to the charity.

Email with your full name, postal address and number of packs required, and you will be contacted regarding payment details.

Catherine Jowitt, charity and volunteer lead with the care trust, said: “Having relaunched Better Lives in May, there have already been lots of fundraising opportunities that people like Sarah have got involved in. We’re really grateful to everyone.”