The new owner of a painting of the Nolans sisters, sold to raise money for our Hospice Heroes appeal, has pledged to raise a further £1,000.
Robert Wynne, owner of the West Coast Rock Cafe, bought the artwork for £270 as we auctioned it on eBay. He says it will be placed on the Abingdon Street venue’s Hall of Fame, and used to influence future events at the cafe.
And he’s confident the events, yet to be announced, will be a success, so he’s committed himself to donate a further £1,000 to the appeal, which supports Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice, during the summer.
He said: “We’re going to hold some events related to this picture because Trinity is such a good cause to support.”
We were gifted the painting, created by Blackpool artist Marc Atherton – also known as Catch 22 – by VisitBlackpool to use to raise money towards our £200,000 campaign for the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
It was originally drawn last year when the Nolan sisters were guests on the BBC’s One Show.
Mr Wynne said: “It was a pleasure to buy this painting.
“Members of the Nolan family have been coming to the West Coast Rock Cafe pretty much since we opened in 1987. We’ve seen their children grow up.
“They’ve always been very friendly people and are a great Blackpool family.”
We have presented the money to the Hospice Heroes fund-raising team at Trinity Hospice.
Fundraising manager Linzi Young said: “The sale of the Nolan sisters artwork has given a real boost to the Hospice Heroes appeal, and we are pleased that the picture will be staying in the town.
“We had been watching the bidding as the days went by and it was exciting to see the bids going up and up. It’s a very generous gesture from everyone concerned and we really appreciate it.”
Work is continuing on the biggest ever refurbishment at Trinity, which turns 30 next year, thanks to our appeal.
Already single rooms have been created on the inpatient unit, there is a new family area and the furniture has been updated.
At Brian House the bedrooms are being made brighter and safer, and patients are already making use of their brand new kitchen.