David Hockney helping to unveil the Hogarth Statue

Members of the Millennium Appeal Committee, which has been raising funds for the statue of William Hogarth in Chiswick High Road, are celebrating the creation of a new charity, the William Hogarth Trust. After a long process of evaluation and negotiation the Charity Commission has registered the new charity. Its principal objective will be to "advance the education of the public in the life, work and interests of William Hogarth, in particular but not exclusively, through provision of a statue and support for the Hogarth's House museum".

In addition to a several smaller donations, the committee has also received a very generous gift from the artist David Hockney, who lent his name to the appeal as its patron and assisted Ian Hislop to unveil the statue last October. Chairman of the Trust, Val Bott, said "We are enormously grateful for David Hockney's gift, which joins those of a huge number of other supporters in paying for a super statue. This means we have only £2,907 to raise to pay off our debt - and it feels much more achievable! "

Once the entire cost of the sculpture has been raised the new trust will be fund-raising for future projects which will enable it to promote interest in and under-standing of Hogarth and his work. As a first step the committee is planning another celebration of Hogarth's birthday at Chiswick Town Hall on Friday 8 November. Full details will be announced once they have been finalised - and the hopes for lots of support for an entertaining evening from the local community.

Donors to the appeal fund should make cheques payable to the William Hogarth Millennium Appeal Fund and send them to the Hon Treasurer at 8 Heathfield Gardens, London W4 4JY.

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