North-east singing sensation donates artwork to charity

Emeli Sande's work is titled "African Moonlight Dreams"
Emeli Sande's work is titled "African Moonlight Dreams"

A north-east chart superstar will auction off an original artwork for charity.

Emeli Sande, who grew up in Alford, is among 300 top artists and celebrities, including Ally McCoist, who have donated one-off canvases to be auctioned for the Willow Foundation.

The charity, founded by former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper Bob Wilson after the tragic death of his daughter Anna from cancer, provides special days for young adults living with serious illness.

The former Alford Academy pupil’s signed canvas is titled “African Moonlight Dreams”, while Rangers legend McCoist depicts the club’s crest. Rankin has donated a photographic image of lips while Dennis the Menace is one of a number of cartoon images up for sale.

The artworks will be sold in the charity’s fourth annual Stars on Canvas online auction, from Thursday. (Nov 13)

Other stars who have donated artwork include film actor John Hurt, singers Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and actress Miranda Hart.

The creators of the Gruffalo and Bagpuss have painted their most famous characters, while leading artists including Richard Long, JJ Adams and Paisley-born Jock McFadyen have also contributed work.

Every canvas will be sold in aid of Willow, which funds and organises up to 1,000 “special days” every year for those living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy and organ failure.

Bob Wilson, Willow’s co-founder and life president, who has painted a stickman image of himself in goals, said: “This much anticipated Willow fundraiser takes more than a year to collate.

“Together, our artists, illustrators, actors, singers and photographers create the most fantastic collection of original artworks and we are extremely grateful for every contribution.

“By choosing to support Willow they are helping to fulfil many more Special Days for young adults living with serious illness.”

This year is the fourth Stars on Canvas, with the previous three auctions raising more than £150,000 for Willow.

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