An Extended Family Affair!

10 Dec 2020

Since Jamie Spencer joined the Macdonald/Ryan family 25 years ago (he is married to Julia, Frances’ daughter) Frances Macdonald and Ross Ryan have supported the charity he founded and runs, Feedback Madagascar, with a shop at the Crinan Hotel and by donating pictures for auction. They have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity’s vital work to improve the lives of the people and conserve the unique wildlife of this magical island.

The Scottish Gallery supported Feedback Madagascar with a pop-up shop last year selling wild silk and handicrafts from their projects. In May this year, before the pandemic closures, we were going to host the launch of their Whisky for Water fundraising collaboration with the record-breaking Atlantic rowers, the MacLean brothers, and their father Charlie MacLean.

To coincide with their current exhibition A Family Affair, Frances Macdonald and Ross Ryan are putting up for auction these stunning pictures below. All the proceeds will go directly to Feedback’s work in Madagascar. This is literally a life saver when usual fundraising events have been curtailed and needs have escalated.

An Extended Family Affair!
Ben Mor, from the end of Iona, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 81cm (24 x 32 inches), framed, Value: £5,950
An Extended Family Affair!
Eoligarry Sands, Isle of Barra, 2020, pastel on paper, 29.5 cm x 42 cm, framed, Value:£750

In direct response to the pandemic Feedback Madagascar is emergency feeding thousands of under nourished children, has built one of Madagascar’s only four testing centres and has installed a water system in a regional hospital in the second city. It serves a population of 2 million people and has not had water for 30 years. That is how poor the country is.

Jamie has brought so much good to me and our family. He has literally transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, especially in Madagascar. What more could you ask for in a brother-in-law!

Ross Ryan

To bid for these pictures, please do so directly with Feedback Madagascar here or contact Jamie directly tel: 07551955927 email: jamie@feedbackmadagascar.org
Closure of the auction is at midnight Wednesday 23rd December 2020.


Enjoy our short film below as we hear directly form Jamie.

Thank you dear mother-in-law, brother-in-law and The Scottish Gallery

From Jamie and everybody at Feedback Madagascar
An Extended Family Affair!
An Extended Family Affair!

Feedback Madagascar has achieved clean water for 65,000 people...

An Extended Family Affair!
An Extended Family Affair!

Built 91 schools for 30,000 pupils...

An Extended Family Affair!
An Extended Family Affair!

Planted 1.5 million trees and protected 100,000 hectares of rainforest and established thousands of sustainable agriculture and agroforestry farmers.

An Extended Family Affair!
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