Former Spalding High School student’s drawing creates unity in wake of terror

Melissa's drawing showing people of different faiths standing together
Melissa's drawing showing people of different faiths standing together
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With emotions stirred all over the country following the terrorist attack at Westminster, a drawing by a former Spalding High School art teacher summed up feelings of unity.

The picture by Melissa Webb went viral on social media and featured on BBC News following the attack and read: “What divides human beings is small and mean, what unites human beings is huge and wonderful.”

Artist Melissa Webb

Artist Melissa Webb

The image showed people of different faiths standing together against a backdrop of London.

Melissa (26), who lives in Wygate Park, Spalding, and currently works as an artist said: “I was watching the news that had happened and went on Twitter and saw what people were saying.

“There were quite a few posts that were encouraging this sort of divisive, rhetoric racist feelings. I felt really upset about it. I am from London originally and what is wonderful about London is the diverseness. I was upset by this tone I was reading.

“I express myself through my art so did the drawing and shared it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, seeing that people carried my feelings.”

The image was also picked up and shared by BBC News. After requests for the print to be shared on her website she has decided to donate all proceeds from purchases of the print to the London Air Ambulance which attended the scene of the attack.

She said: “London Air Ambulance were on the scene in London immediately on Wednesday, saving lives. They receive no public funds and rely entirely on donations.”