The giant Alice in Wonderland mural on a mental health drop-in centre in Bideford was painted thanks to funds in memory of a former client.

A giant mural has helped to brighten the exterior of a mental health drop-in centre in Bideford.

The Alice in Wonderland piece adoring the Torridgeside Link Centre took 15 days to paint, and was requested by clients at the centre in Higher Gunstone.

It was created free-hand by Daniel Kehily Jones, from Ilfracombe, otherwise known as Silk Crystal Street Art.

James Sasse, manager at the centre, said the money from the mural came from a collection at the funeral of a former client, and a fundraising event in her name.

He said: "We wanted to do a big art project, because she was an artist, and it grew from that into thinking, how could we use some of these funds?

"Some clients had meetings about it and came up with the idea of the mural; and the Alice in Wonderland idea.

"Some people might say things like, 'why did you put the Mad Hatter on a mental health drop-in centre?'

"But this is what the clients wanted and actually, the story has a speak about mental health."

The Alice in Wonderland mural at Torridgeside Link Centre, painted by Silk Crystal.The Alice in Wonderland mural at Torridgeside Link Centre, painted by Silk Crystal.

Street artist Daniel said it was an 'absolute pleasure' to create the piece, with the help of paints donated by RGB North Devon and Brewers Paint.

Daniel, who undertook the work free-of-charge, said: "As soon as James approached me, I thought it was such a nice job to do and I really enjoyed working on it."

Daniel will also be providing the centre with stencils, to decorate parts of the remaining wall.

James added: "We run a lot of creative workshops here, such as art, badminton, Tai Chi, mindfulness- it's about what people need as human beings.

"Mental health is not about people failing, it's about ordinary people going through difficult times who can recover and learn to live with it better."

The Link Centre is a drop-in day centre for people, either self-referred or referred by health services, recovering from a range of mental health problems.

It works to help people develop their skills and understanding in working with their own mental health issues.