An art auction in aid of the UK’s only baby-specific hospice has begun, attracting a donation from one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators and deaf award-winning multi-talented contemporary artist.
An art auction organised by parents’ fundraising group, Little Fighters, in aid of the UK’s only baby-specific hospice, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, is now underway, featuring over 50 items from artists around the midlands and further afield in Cambridge and Hay-on-Wye, to name a few.
The main auction ran last week through the dedicated art auction Facebook Group, with lots being released throughout the week.
The second part of the auction began this week via eBay, which features items donated by well-known artists.
Amongst the selection of donated artworks is a piece from West-London based – and one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators – Sir Quentin Blake, entitled ‘Giant Stork with its Chick’. The piece is signed, in the medium of pen, ink and watercolour on watercolour paper and worth £350.
On talking about what the support of Sir Quentin Blake means to Little Fighters, representative for the group, Claire Baines said:
“Having the support of Sir Quentin Blake is incredible and I’m very much looking forward to his piece being part of the auction, although I’ll be highly jealous of the person who gets their hands on it!
“Any support for the auction is hugely appreciated and knowing our efforts have been acknowledged by one of the most recognisable illustrators really does mean a lot, especially to a parent like myself who wouldn’t know where they would be without Zoë’s Place.”
Birmingham based deaf award-winning multi-talented contemporary artist, Olivier Jamin, has also donated two pieces of artwork to the auction, entitled Birds and Alright Bab, worth £60 and £150 respectively.
On talking about what the support of Olivier Jamin means to Little Fighters, representative for the group, Claire Baines said:
“Olivier’s passion for art is evident in his work and to have one of his pieces in our auction is amazing. The quality is outstanding and his support to raise money for the hospice is greatly appreciated.”
Both artworks from Sir Quentin Blake and Olivier Jamin will be listed for auction on eBay at 8PM on Monday 23rd November, ending at 8PM on Saturday 28th November.
The art auction, which is organised by parents’ fundraising group, Little Fighters, have also supported Zoë’s Place with fundraising initiatives such as ‘The Big Bear Hunt’ charity walks, charity calendars and quizzes throughout the last couple of years, raising over £7,000 for Zoë’s Place, the hospice they all value.
The group comprises of parents to children that seek care and support from Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice at the charity’s Coventry site.
When asked about how important Zoë’s Place is to parents, Claire explained:
“My Son, Joel, has been using Zoë’s Place since November 2016 due to being born with a Laryngeal Cleft. He lives with the aid of a tracheostomy, a tube that aids his breathing, and a gastrostomy, a feeding tube that goes directly into the stomach to aid his feeding as he is nil by mouth.
“As Joel needs 24/7 trained medical care to manage his airway, the hospice was an absolute lifeline that we never would have imagined having to use. Knowing he is safe in the hands of a team of nurses who can manage his cares is a huge weight off our shoulders and means I can sleep and take time for myself which isn’t possible when caring for him full time. Joel’s development also benefits from all the therapies and play that I often do not have time to do on top of the medical side.
“For me, Zoë’s Place is a home from home, a second family. They are there for the parents as much as the children and really take you in under their wing.
“Over time, I’ve gotten to know many other families on the same journey, which makes you feel less alone in what can be a very isolating life.”
Ian Carr, Head of Fundraising, Zoë’s Place, said:
“We’d like to thank the Little Fighters community fundraising group for going above and beyond, year after year, to raise much-needed funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
“The Little Fighters group is not only made up of incredible and creative fundraisers that I consider myself privileged to work with but parents that directly benefit from the care Zoë’s Place provides. They can see how the money is spent, where the money goes and how important the charity’s work is to families, which makes their efforts all the more important.
“The group has so far raised more than £7,000 for Zoë’s Place; enough to grant over 280 hours of care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, based on the current cost of care at £25 per child, per hour.
“Without the help of fundraisers like Little Fighters, Zoë’s Place wouldn’t be able to continue to offer its services, for free, to the families that really need it. So, with that in mind, thank you.”
If you would like to bid on a piece of art, you can join the Facebook Group here. The artwork by Sir Quentin Blake and Olivier Jamin will be listed on this eBay page. If you would like to donate to the fundraising activity by Little Fighters, you can do so here.