Flower power in the frame

29 Apr 2019 02:05
Published by: Kian French

MORE than 25 celebrities have got out their paintbrushes to create unique works of art for a Chorley children's hospice.

Stars including Geri 'Ginger Spice' Horner, Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Vine and Timmy Mallett have drawn and painted flowers to make up a birthday bouquet to mark the 25th anniversary of Derian House.

The flowers have been auctioned to raise money for the hospice, which cares for more than 350 families across the North West, offering respite and end-of-life care t children whose lives are too short.

The flowers went on display at Derian's charity shop in Chorley town centre and were auctioned on eBay throughout March.

Actor Helen Lederer, Grease star Didi Conn, adventurer Steve Backshall and Apprentice contestant Kayode Damali also put their creative talents to good use for the charity's 'Flower Power' campaign.

Seven-year-old Kayla, whose sister uses Derian's services, has also created a flower as part of the project.

Fans will get the chance to own an exclusive piece of art created by their favourite star, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Kevin Bedford, fundraising manager at Derian House Children's Hospice, said: "We've not only been overwhelmed by the creativity and generosity of the celebrities who have got involved in our Flower Power campaign, but also by the sheer number of people who have been keen to help us out. It's been absolutely fantastic.

"Many of our flowers aren't just pretty pictures drawn by celebrities, but fantastic pieces of art in their own right. With every penny raised going towards the care of our children and young people, I'd urge everyone to bid generously!"

Comedian and radio presenter Ted Robbins, who designed one of the flowers, along with his wife Judy and celebrity cake-maker daughter Molly Robbins, was at the launch event in his role as Derian Ambassador.

He said: "It's a while since I’ve done any painting, but I did do it as part of my degree and enjoyed it. Our Molly is the real arty one in the family and Judy's flower is a knock-out too. The last time I had a painting framed I was nine-years-old and got a red star for it!

"It's really interesting seeing how the celebrities have done different types of flowers - some are cartoony and there's been a lot of work put into some of them. There's some great names in the exhibition."

The charity needs to raise £4million every tear to keep the hospice running. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding, so it relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.

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