Artist and auction company step in to help achieve Leonard Cheshire fundraising target
An opportunity to preview a painting by Worcestershire artist Susan Birth before it goes to auction to raise vital funds for Leonard Cheshire was offered to visitors to the Sterling Expo at Sixways last month.
Disabled residents of Leonard Cheshire’s Gloucestershire House care home in Cheltenham are hoping that the donation of this very special painting by Susan Birth will help them reach a challenging fundraising target when it goes to auction on 14th December.
The beautiful painting has been created uniquely to boost the fundraising to purchase a much-needed therapy bike for the care home residents. Despite a virtual ‘Going for Gold’ 6,000 mile Tokyo cycling challenge by residents and supporters this summer, the fundraising target has some way to go to reach the £3,000 needed for their purchase.
During the pandemic therapy bikes have provided a tremendous boost to morale as well as supporting physiotherapy and fitness goals to residents at Gloucestershire House. These essential therapy bikes however are in need of constant maintenance and now also replacement.
Sarah Grout, Events Manager at Leonard Cheshire, said: “We have seen how important activities like cycling can be for disabled people. More recently the therapy bikes have provided a focus through cycling challenge events, supporting a sense of community and wellbeing in the care home during lockdowns. We are overwhelmed that Susan Birth has donated her stunning painting to help us reach our goal. Her work is phenomenal and the concept and the detail behind the design is packed with significance for our charity. This piece could make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone!”.
Cheltenham auctioneers The Cotswold Auction Company have stepped in to facilitate the fundraising and are including the painting in their Christmas sale online and in person in their Cheltenham sale room on 14th December.
Susan Birth said: “I love the idea that my artwork can help raise much needed funds for this important charity supporting people with disabilities. My mixed media painting contains a collection of flowers and plants in various shades of purple representing the colour of disability and the diversity of the people Leonard Cheshire supports and so has the title ‘I See Purple. My hope is that this auction helps the brilliant ‘Going for Gold’ challenge cyclists to finally achieve their fundraising target”.
Details about the auction on the 14th December, including the painting’s catalogue listing, will be available on the Cotswold Auction Company website.
Photo Credit: Marlock Media & Photography
Artist Susan Birth (L) presents her painting to Sarah Grout (R), Leonard Cheshire Events Manager