Paint­ing is per­fect lot in char­ity’s auc­tion

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A DRAW­ING do­nated anony­mously to a Mac­cles­field char­ity shop is to be auc­tioned off and could fetch up to £140.

The lim­ited edi­tion and signed print by il­lus­tra­tor Wil­liam Gel­dart was dropped off at Sue Ry­der in Mac­cles­field.

Sarah Fox, the shop man­ager con­tacted Wil­liam, who lives in Hen­bury, who agreed to help pro­mote the col­lectable piece worth more than £140.

The pic­ture of the Hen­bury Tree was drawn in the grounds of Hen­bury Hall along­side School Lane and forms part of 12 pic­tures.

Sarah said: “We were de­lighted that Wil­liam could come into Sue Ry­der in Mac­cles­field to of­fi­cially start the auc­tion.

“His draw­ing of the Tree at Hen­bury (which has since been cut down) is cen­tral to our fund rais­ing auc­tion which we hope will raise a con­sid­er­able amount to­wards the in­cred­i­ble hos­pice and neu­ro­log­i­cal care which Sue Ry­der pro­vides.

“There is no charge to place a bid, and we al­ready have a great deal of in­ter­est in the paint­ings”.

A silent auc­tion was launched on Satur­day, by Wil­liam, with bid­ders in­vited to place a bid in a sealed en­ve­lope at the shop be­fore the end of Au­gust.

The char­ity sup­ports peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and life-short­en­ing dis­eases, their fam­i­lies, car­ers and friends.

Wil­liam Gel­dart grew up in Marple and be­gan draw­ing lo­cal scenery as a child. Af­ter Na­tional Ser­vice work­ing as a pho­tog­ra­pher with an RAF fighter squadron based in Ger­many, he spent a trained at the Re­gional Col­lege of Art in Manch­ester.

Since 1979 he has worked full time as an artist and run­ning the G Gel­dartld t G Gallery.ll

The auc­tion will last two weeks. Bid­ding slips are avail­able at the shop.

●● Above: Bill Gel­dart. Inset: the draw­ing do­nated anony­mously

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