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Virtual auction will raise funds for Marie Curie

By Jonathan Clark

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ARTISTS from across Scotland are bringing a new perspective to Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal by auctioning paintings online.

It is hoped that the auction will raise thousands of pounds for Marie Curie, which has lost a significant amount of funding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fundraising initiative, Art Works for Marie Curie, has been organised by a small group of Highland art lovers determined to help fill a funding gap for the nursing care charity.

A wide-ranging collection has been supplied by artists from across the country with some of the Highland’s most celebrated painters, including Allan MacDonald, Fiona Matheson, Clare Blois and Arie Vardi, supplying original works.

Marie Curie will run the online auction from March 9 until March 21.
Marie Curie will run the online auction from March 9 until March 21.

Nearly 200 submissions of art, from landscape to still life and abstract works, will be available at the online auction.

Marie Curie’s community fundraiser for the far north of Scotland, Vonnie Stevenson, said: “The stunning collection, which includes works from amateurs and professionals, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, reflects a determination to bring some light to those individuals and their families facing the darkest of times at the moment.

"Being terminally ill and having to prepare for losing a loved one in the middle of a pandemic is unimaginable to many of us, but the desire to fulfil someone’s dying wish to pass away at home is something we can all comprehend.

"Our patient hours in Highland alone have increased by 16 per cent compared with the pre Covid-19 year period and even more if you look at the actual number of patients we are seeing.

"We hope this fundraising event can go a long way to bringing comfort through professional, nursing support to scores of people and their families in our communities.”

The auction will run until until 9pm on March 21 and can be found at https://givergy.uk/artworksformariecurie.

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