Painting is perfect lot in charity’s auction
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