On Sunday 9 July, artist Tim Godden made the 300-mile journey from his home in North Devon to meet 99-year-old WWII veteran Bill Gladden in Suffolk.
At the meeting, Tim presented Bill with an illustration depicting Bill on D-Day and Bill presented Tim with a painting of Tim’s pet cat Percy.
An artist and historian, Tim Godden, is currently working on a personal project to illustrate WWII veterans, with a particular focus on Normandy. He contacted the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans to see if they would be happy to facilitate a meeting with WWII veteran Bill Gladden, not knowing that Bill also had a love of art. Bill was delighted to arrange a meeting with Tim and offered to paint a portrait of his pet cat.
Tim Godden said:
“It was an absolute honour to meet Bill Gladden and I would like to thank the Taxi Charity and Bill’s family for facilitating this. I have painted four other veterans and with the support of the Taxi Charity, I am hoping to paint and meet more WWII veterans. Bill kindly signed a copy of the illustration and I hope that it will raise some funds for the Taxi Charity.”
Dick Goodwin, Honorary Secretary, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans said:
“Knowing of Bill’s lifelong love of painting, we were only too happy to arrange the meeting between him and Tim for the art exchange. As a charity that is wholly reliant on donations, we are very grateful to Tim for his promise to auction a signed copy of his picture of Bill and are looking forward to facilitating other meetings with veterans we support.”
The print of Tim’s illustration, which is signed by the artist and Bill will be auctioned to raise funds for the Taxi Charity.
To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers to veterans or to donate, please visit: www.taxicharity.org.
To find out more about Tim Godden visit: www.timgodden.co.uk.