Tamworth Castle watercolour raises £1500 for Macmillan

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019

A STUNNING watercolour of Tamworth Castle, painted by a local artist, has raised £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the outgoing Mayor of Tamworth’s charity activities over the last year.

Cllr Peter Thurgood tasked amateur artist David Davies with painting Tamworth Castle so he could present it to dignitaries in our twin towns in Germany and France. The resulting painting was so good that Peter spotted an opportunity to raise some funds for Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in the local area.

The money has been raised through the sale and auction of prints, mugs, keyrings and prints on glass, to people, groups and businesses during Peter’s term as Mayor. It can be seen in a variety of locations such as town centre pubs, restaurants, businesses and a GP’s surgery.

Although Peter has now come to the end of his year as Mayor, copies of the print are still available to raise further funds for the charity. A copy signed by Tamworth snooker star Dave Gilbert is being auctioned at Tamworth Sports Bar soon.

The donation to Macmillan through sale of the print is in addition to a variety of fundraising activities that have taken place for the Mayor’s main chosen charities of Headway and Midlands Air Ambulance; with the totals raised for these two causes to be revealed soon.

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Peter said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and support for this project and there has been lots of take up for the print in a variety of formats. I’ve been delighted to be able to help raise this money for Macmillan Cancer Support and their vital work in the Tamworth area during my year as Mayor. My heartfelt thanks go to David for producing such a stunning piece of artwork which people have been snapping up across the town. Thanks also to Gary Hunt from Together 4 Tamworth, Ideal Mounts for their support with printing and framing, and of course to everyone who has purchased or bid on one of the prints.”

David, from Drayton Bassett, enjoys painting as a retirement hobby and has been amazed at the response to his work. “I’m amazed to be honest. I usually just give my paintings away, or ask for a small donation towards materials, so to see it raise this much money for charity has been great.”

David’s wife Judy, a local Macmillan Cancer Support collector, said: “The generous donation will go straight into a dedicated local fund to support people in the Tamworth and Lichfield area. That amount could pay for 53 hours of a Macmillan nurse time, for example, so it will make a real difference.”

Anyone who would like a copy of the print can contact David Davies on 07480 306907, or email dedavies001@gmail.com.

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