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Celebrities show it's a 'doodle' to raise funds for Christchurch Hospital's Macmillan Unit with charity art auction Canvas for the Mac

FOOTBALLER Marcus Rashford and TV stars Ant and Dec are among celebrities lending their artistic flair to a charity canvas auction for a Christchurch hospice.

Friars Cliff artist Mark van Wingerden and other professionals are joining them for the Canvas for the Mac event raising funds for Christchurch Hospital’s Macmillan Unit.

It provides palliative care and support for over 1,600 people and their families every year.

Ant & Dec have designed and donated their own unique artwork for the Canvas for the Mac auction
Ant & Dec have designed and donated their own unique artwork for the Canvas for the Mac auction

A growing collection of unique doodles, sketches and lyrics by well-known names from the worlds of TV, sport, art and music will be auctioned off on eBay.

Other big-name contributors so far include comedian Michael McIntyre, actor Martin Clunes, former Bournemouth AFC manager Harry Redknapp, Brian May from Queen, and pop band The Vamps.

The designs are being turned into colourful canvases by a professional artist, and will be accompanied by a photograph of the celebrity creating them.

All money collected will go towards Macmillan’s Brick by Brick appeal to replace the existing outdated unit with a new facility.

Mark was inspired to support the auction after a close friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He has gifted two paintings, Cruise Race and Sail, which were painted in 2018 on recycled yacht sails.

His use of sails started when he rescued some old ones from a skip by the marina at Lymington.

“I’ve always been aware of the great work of the Mac Unit,” he said.

Artist Mark van Wingerden is also supporting the auction
Artist Mark van Wingerden is also supporting the auction

“But recently a close friend was given some terrible news and this has made a huge impact on the way I think about life, its fragility and the importance of living life and helping others.

“The opportunity to support the unit through my work is a privilege and I hope more artists will come forward and donate artwork to support Canvas for the Mac too.”

Lin Sharp, capital appeal director of Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “Our huge thanks go to Mark and all the artists and celebrities who have donated canvases so far.

“We will be building excitement by publicising new celebrity contributors in the run-up to the auction and hope people will enjoy the chance to bid for their own piece of one-off celebrity artwork.”

Canvases will be displayed at the Captain’s Club and Spa in Christchurch in May next year, with the online auction running for 10 days from the end of that month.

Visit www.macmillanlocal.org

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