Celebrities use art to support mums raising funds

Grayson Perry NNL-140721-111014001
Grayson Perry NNL-140721-111014001

A dozen inspired mums in the Brackley area have raised £13,600 for cancer charities by persuading some of the country’s top celebrities to donate an original artwork to their cause.

Gabriella Grafftey-Smith, who lives in Halse, said the group’s ordinary charity auction effort spiralled into a fundraising success that attracted some of the country’s biggest celebrities and many avid collectors.

The postcard originals included works by Turner-winner Grayson Perry, Pippa Middleton, actors Joseph Fiennes and Orlando Bloom, supermodel Kate Moss, royal photographer Mario Testino, celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux and actress Joanna Lumley.

“We thought we would ask some local artists to donate a work and we got such a lovely response we decided to throw the net wider and see what came up,” said Mrs Grafftey-Smith. “We have been absolutely delighted with the response and even more so with the money our auction has raised.

“We all know people who have struggled with cancer and we wanted to raise money for two inspirational cancer charities, Action Against Cancer and brain cancer charity, the Silas Pullen Fund.”

A picture framer in Halse mounted the postcards free and Banbury auction house Holloways organised an online auction through The Saleroom – an Ebay-style site for special catalogues.

Grayson Perry’s ‘doodle’, drawn on the back of a personalised art invitation raised £4,050, while Joanna Lumley’s Fabulous Forever realised £780.

Bear Grylls’ sketch Never Give Up raised £430 and Gordon Ramsay’s doodle of a chef was bought for £125.

A collage by Mario Testino was sold for £300 and singer Olly Murrs’ cartoon dog sold for £310.

Pippa Middleton’s Keep Smiling raised £60 and Chris Levine’s contribution raised £320.