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Alison Cameron, who died recently aged just 47, was the driving force behind a unique musical charity that has had a huge impact on many lives.

Mrs Cameron was the manager and co-founder of Peebles-based Nomad Beat, which was set up to promote music and musicianship and create opportunities for all through affordable musical education.

Artist Moy MacKay at her gallery in Peebles with her artwork titled 'Ram in'Poppyfield' that she will be auctioning on eBay to raise money for her friend Alison Cameron's Nomad Beat music school/charity.

Artist Moy MacKay at her gallery in Peebles with her artwork titled 'Ram in'Poppyfield' that she will be auctioning on eBay to raise money for her friend Alison Cameron's Nomad Beat music school/charity.

Her many friends and the wider musical community in the Borders were shocked when Mrs Cameron, who was married with two children, died suddenly last month.

Now, one of the Borders’ best-known artists, Moy Mackay, has created a unique artwork which she intends to auction off using her Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the main window of her gallery in Peebles, and donate the proceeds to Nomad Beat.

“Basically I want to do this in Alison’s memory as she was a remarkable lady. I thought I worked hard but she was a real inspiration,” Moy told The Southern this week.

“She did give her all to Nomad Beat; she was Nomad Beat – without her it would not have been what it was.

“She has left a wonderful legacy in this town that provides something very special for so many children and adults – it would be a travesty not to do whatever it takes to keep it going and hopefully for it to flourish.”

Graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1990, Edinburgh-born Mrs Mackay is known for her rich, vibrant works of art, in which she has developed an innovative coupling of traditional feltmaking, using merino fleece fibres in the same way that a painter uses brushstrokes.

Moy works from Wasps Artists’ Studios in Selkirk as well as running The Moy Mackay Gallery in Peebles and since her first book, Art in Felt & Stitch, was published in 2012, her work has gained worldwide exposure.

The artwork Moy intends auctioning off to the highest bidder is entitled Ram in Poppyfield and is a felted merino painting, which Moy was filmed creating for a recent episode of television series, Border Life.

“It felt special at the time and I had a thought that I would like to have done something special with it, as I felt it is maybe one of my best pieces,” Moy added.

“This seems like the perfect thing to do. I plan to auction it and hopefully we can raise a good amount that will go some way to make the running of this charity a little easier at this sad time.”

Ram in Poppyfield is currently exhibited in the gallery window at the Moy Mackay Gallery, 17 Northgate, Peebles. (www.moymackaygallery.com)