A painting of the Nolan sisters has fetched £270 in an online auction, which is being donated to our Hospice Heroes campaign.
The canvass was given to our appeal by VisitBlackpool and so we decided to sell it via internet auction site eBay.
The painting was created by Blackpool artist Marc Atherton, known as Catch 22, for the Nolans’ appearance on The One Show on the BBC last year.
The artwork has been on display at the Tourist Information Centre, but was recently gifted to The Gazette.
After 10 days at auction, the painting was sold on Friday to former Blackpool mayor Robert Wynne, who owns the West Coast Rock Cafe in the town centre.
He said: “I wanted to buy it as a way to further fund-raise.
“The idea was that we would buy it for whatever it went for and put it up in the restaurant to use it as a catalyst for the Hospice Heroes campaign.”
The Gazette is trying to raise £200,000 for a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
Our current total stands at £154,437.
Mr Wynne said: “The Nolan sisters meant a lot to us.
“Bernie sang here loads and loads of times and we knew her and her sisters really well.
“We’d like to use this picture to do some good for Trinity.”
Already the money we have raised has helped pay for the creation of single rooms at Trinity, on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
The corridors on the inpatient unit have been redecorated to make them more modern, and a new family area has been created.
At Brian House, the bedrooms are being made brighter and safer, the lounge has been extended and a new-look kitchen has already been opened and is well used.