Media Release: Art bids to help Scottish youngsters

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LEADING Scottish artists – Andy Scott, Alasdair Gray, Muriel Barclay and John Lowrie Morrison OBE – have donated rare pieces of their work to help raise funds for three independent Scottish children’s charities.

At the 14th annual St Patrick’s Charity Ball in Glasgow, to be held on 12 March 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, these highly-collectable items, which have a combined estimated value of almost £20,000, will be auctioned with all proceeds being donated to:

• The Moira Anderson Foundation, a national charity dedicated to supporting those affected by childhood sexual abuse

• It’s Good 2 Give, a Scottish charity which to date has raised over £1.2m for local young people with cancer and their families

• Samuel’s Smile, set up by Glasgow teenager Samuel Bell to offer young people with serious illnesses the chance to savour memories they will never forget

On the night, the lots which will be auctioned include:

• A framed porcelain tile by Alasdair Gray from the ‘Hillhead Mural’ at Hillhead subway station – only one of this design not on the wall at the station

• An original framed painting, donated especially for the Ball by John Lowrie Morrison

• A pair of limited-edition bronze maquettes by Andy Scott (edition 20 of 30)

• An original painting by Muriel Barclay, framed – Muriel has a solo show opening at the Lemond Gallery on the afternoon of the ball

The annual event, which over the years has raised £950,000 for local charities, is organised by a group of Irish-born, Scottish-based business leaders.

Commenting on this year’s event, chair, Denis MacCann, says:

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Andy Scott, Alisdair Gray, Muriel Barclay and John Lowrie Morrison in offering us these exclusive works of art which I’m sure will generate a lot of interest on the night.

“Each one of these charities provides an invaluable service to young people in Scotland and we are hoping to achieve a huge amount for them.

“On the evening, we hope to raise £50,000 which would break the £1,000,000 mark in our fundraising efforts, to date.”

For more information, please contact Mary-Jo Devlin
Mob: 07795 346970

Note to editor:

The Moira Anderson Foundation

Moira Anderson was 11 years-old when she vanished on February 23, 1957, after getting caught in a blizzard on her way to the shops. Moira has never been seen again. It is likely she was abducted and murdered but she has never been found and the questions remain unanswered.

The Moira Anderson Foundation, based in North Lanarkshire, was launched in the year 2000 by Sandra Brown as a legacy to Moira Anderson and her family. It provides a place of safety and support for children and adults who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse.

It’s Good 2 Give

The charity officially came to life in April 2010 and already we have raised over £1.1m for local young people with cancer and their families. It may be tiny but has huge ambitions! In the long term, the aim is to raise £1.5 million to fund the build/fit out and first-year maintenance of a purpose-built respite house for young people and their families affected by cancer. This will allow families to use it for a short break together – a purpose-built, restful, safe place.

Samuel’s Smile

Samuel Bell lives with Total Intestinal Hirschsprung’s Disease and when he was born, he was given just three months to live. Now 16 years old, Samuel is understood to be the oldest-surviving person in the UK with this disease. And he notes: “Because of my disease, I live on an IV pump 18 hours a day, seven days a week, which gives me my total parenteral nutrition because I cannot eat. I have had over 60 surgeries and spend most of my life in Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow. I never know what lies ahead for tomorrow but I live life to the full everyday and believe I am a miracle, that I’m here for a reason and I just want to make a difference.”

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