Auction of local children’s art raises £545 for Macmillan

A special auction of children’s artwork took place in Worthing on Tuesday, July 15, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £545 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’ Chapel Road branch for attendees to enjoy and consider placing bids on.

A striking painting in the style of Van Gogh by Liberty Lawrence, age 10, from The Vale School raised the most in the auction, closely followed by a stunningly detailed portrait in pencil by 16 year old Chloe Leggett from The Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing.

Liberty was awarded an art set and certificate 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.

Sally Stewart, Leaders’ Worthing 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’ Worthing branch. Macmillan are incredibly proud and grateful to be working with the great Leaders staff here in Sussex 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 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Every day 21 people in Sussex hear the devastating news they have cancer and 11 people die from the illness. By 2030, the number of people living with and beyond cancer in Sussex will fill Brighton & Hove Albion’s football stadium nearly four and a half times.

Macmillan needs to raise £3.7million to fund the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in Brighton. Set to open in the summer/autumn of 2014, it will provide vital support to the ever-increasing number of people living with and beyond cancer in Sussex. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to Macmillan.