Straight from the art for hos­pice that helps him

Artist with ter­mi­nal can­cer to sell all his works to raise funds

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TER­MI­NALLY-ILL artist from Hayes is to sell his en­tire art col­lec­tion to help the hos­pice that is sup­port­ing him.

Christo­pher Dil­ger, 58, has been house­bound since De­cem­ber af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with liver can­cer and em­phy­sema and re­ceives help from Har­ling­ton Hos­pice.

Un­der his al­ter ego Cap­tain Colour­blind, he is a di­verse artist who por­trays po­lit­i­cal and health cam­paigns through his work rais­ing aware­ness of the dan­gers of smok­ing, drink­ing and crime.

Mr Dil­ger said: “My al­ter ego stems from me not re­ally want­ing to be me any­more. I don’t want to be no­ticed due to my ap­pear­ance, I’m try­ing to sever yesterday with a dis­guise.

“For the ma­jor­ity of my life I was a builder or brick­layer on build­ing sites, then I went through all the drink and drug prob­lems in life, as some peo­ple do.

“I man­aged to claw my way out of that, moved up to Hayes in 1995, and just bogged my­self into art, away from drink and away from drugs.”

Orig­i­nally, Mr Dil­ger wanted a buyer for his spe­cially de­signed one-ofa-kind pad­lock hand­bag, but now will sell col­lec­tion.

He said: “I’ve put so much time and money into the hand­bag, I’d love to just give it away but I want some­one to ben­e­fit from it.

“In a nut­shell I just want to gen­er­ate as much money as I can for Har­ling­ton hos­pice fund, not for me.”

A ther­a­pist from the hos­pice visi vis­its Mr Dil­ger at h home, fetch his foo food shop and gen gen­er­ally help

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en­tire with day-to-day chores.

“I imag­ine I’d be in hos­pi­tal with­out them, they think it would be a ben­e­fit for a while, but it’s the fear I might not come back out that’s got me shack­led a bit, but I’m try­ing to stay pos­i­tive.”

Mr Dil­ger’s work is dis­played online at www. hilling­donartists.org

To buy any of his works call 07876 527678 or email c ap t a i n c o l o u r bl i n d 1 @ gmail.com.

All the pro­ceeds raised will go to Har­ling­ton Hos­pice.

n THOUGHT PRO­VOK­ING: Art­works by Christo­pher Dil­ger for sale in­clude (from left) ‘Bal­loon Lungs’, ‘Pad­lock Hand­bag’, ‘Drink and Drive’ and ‘Smog Tree’

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