A PERCENTAGE of proceeds from a limited edition print of the Newport Transporter Bridge has been given to a charity to help preserve the bridge.

The 40 limited edition print were commissioned by Crafted, based in the Kingsway Centre, and illustrated by Lucy Reading-Ikkanda, a Rogerstone graphic artist living and working in New York.

The prints sold out in two weeks and donations of £175 from the sale of the prints have been given to the Friends of the Transporter Bridge by the owner of Crafted, Tom Evans and Mrs Reading-Ikkanda.

The charity was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Bridge. This includes running the visitor centre and organising visits to the bridge for clubs, schools and other groups.

Mrs Reading-Ikkanda is Crafted’s current guest designer and the first from outside the area.

Crafted is a design-led store that sells homeware, gifts, clothing and accessories sourced from designers, makers and small companies based within a 25-mile radius of Newport city centre.

Tom Evans, 35, owner of Crafted said: "We wanted to support a local charity or initiative. With the print showcasing the transport bridge it was natural to help out the Friends of the Transporter Bridge.

"We are looking at the possibility of similar tie-ins in the future."

Lucy Reading-Ikkanda, said she took about a month to perfect the illustration.

She said: "People really like it, I was so surprised and thrilled. That made me happy and to support the Friends of the Transporter Bridge is just great.

"People have been tweeting will there be more? I will do more as there are lots of iconic buildings and beautiful locations in Newport."

Crafted is currently at its pop up site in the Kingsway Centre but will be moving to a different location in the city centre in the next few weeks.