Art auction raises cash for Macmillan

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A special auction of children’s artwork took place in Waterlooville on Thursday, July 17, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £528 for the charity.

Leaders hosted the auction as part of its popular annual art competition in which school children of all ages were invited to “Create a Masterpiece for Macmillan” – a picture of anything in any medium with the aim of it being good enough to auction for its charity partner Macmillan.

The best entries were on display at Leaders’ Waterlooville branch for attendees to enjoy and consider placing bids on.

A colourful handprint painting of a fish by Olivia Cross, age 11, from Portsmouth High School raised the most in the auction, closely followed by a stunningly-detailed picture of the face of a tiger by Alisha Zaman, aged 15, also from Portsmouth High School.

Both Olivia and Alisha won first prize in their respective age categories. They received £250 each for their school and £50 gift vouchers to buy art equipment for themselves.

Olivia was awarded an art set for the picture that raised the most for Macmillan on the night.

A raffle was also held with a selection of fantastic prizes generously donated by local businesses.

Vanessa Potter, Leaders’ branch manager, who organised the event, said: ‘Thank you to everyone who attended our auction and supported our raffle, and a big thank you to all the children whose fantastic artwork was sold in our auction. We are delighted to have raised such a great sum of money for Macmillan.’

Tom Carter, Macmillan’s area fundraising manager, said: ‘We were delighted to receive this wonderful sum from the fantastic auction at Leaders’ Waterlooville branch. Macmillan are incredibly proud and grateful to be working with the great Leaders staff here in Hampshire and indeed throughout the UK. Just £27 funds a Macmillan nurse for an hour and thanks to their wonderful support we are one step closer to making sure no one faces cancer alone.’

Macmillan provides practical, medical and financial help to the thousands of people in the UK who get diagnosed with cancer each year. Every day 26 people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight hear the devastating news they have cancer and 12 people die from the illness. By 2030, the number of people living with and beyond cancer in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will fill Southampton FC’s football stadium nearly four times.

There are currently 108 Macmillan professionals working in clinical environments and the community In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, all working to provide invaluable support for people living with cancer.

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to Macmillan.