December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
COLOURFUL and quirky paintings of Sir Bobby Robson, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham plus the chance to name an Eddie Stobart car transporter are just two of the latest items to be added to a major fundraising auction.
Hertfordshire artist, Ben Mosley, has offered up six pieces of his work to Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction.
The 32-year-old, who created his pieces from his studio in Baldock, will be helping to raise an ambitious £1 million for cancer charities.
He is one of Britain’s leading sports artists and he has been commissioned by some of the biggest organisations within sport to produce original bespoke canvases, including Manchester United, the London Oympics 2012, Wembley Stadium, the League Managers’ Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Ben is currently Club Wembley’s artist in residence and has 40 paintings on display at the national stadium. He was also recently commissioned by Wembley to create two large scale murals celebrating the history of the stadium from 1923 to present day and earned his BA Honours Fine Art degree in 2003 from the University of Liverpool.
He has worked with a number of charities helping to raise over £50,000 through various initiatives and said: “Sir Bobby is a symbol of why I paint what I do. He was charismatic and inspirational and he genuinely cared about people. He fought hard against cancer all the while with a positive, passionate attitude. He’s respected throughout the world because of who he is and what he stood for and what better legacy to support than that.”
The online auction, which is aiming to raise fund for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services at Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospitals and is being supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, runs from October 10 to 27.
And Eddie Stobart Ltd’s car transporter division, Stobart Automotive, has given someone the chance to name one of their car transporters that will be joining the fleet over the next few months.
The lucky prize winner will jump the two-year waiting list and choose a female name, usually they are double barrelled or two names like Anne Marie or Sarah Jane, which will stay on the vehicle for the next three years.
Tony Booth, commercial and operations director of Stobart Automotive, said: “We are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile charity auction and we would like to encourage other businesses to get on-board and make a prize donation. Stobart has tens of thousands of fans in the UK and I’m sure there’s going to be hot competition, to win the right to name one of our famous trucks.”
To make a donation or register to bid visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com