THE Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is set to receive a fundraising boost thanks to the creative efforts of a man from Birmingham.
Harry Boddington (84) is a former electrical engineer who lives in Solihull and is registered blind. He is painting pictures that will be printed on t-shirts and sold, with all the proceeds going to RNIB. The t-shirts can be purchased from Harry’s website www.teesbyharry.com which launches today, on Harry and his late wife, Eileen’s wedding anniversary.
A dad to four sons, Harry is a keen artist, having started painting around 70 years ago. He draws whatever inspires him and is currently completing around one piece of artwork a week. Harry also takes commissions, and some of his previous work includes pictures of dogs, horses, and a desert scene.
Harry was married to Eileen for almost 60 years when she passed away four years ago. Since then, Harry, who recently moved into a new independent living retirement complex, has found painting to be a good way of keeping himself active.
“I draw whatever comes to my mind, although I especially love painting faces. I have received support from RNIB and wanted to give something back and thought that my paintings would be a good way of doing this. I hope to raise as much as I can.”
Harry’s son, Chris, helped his dad get the website set up to sell the t-shirts. They are also available to order through Facebook (Tees by Harry) and Instagram @tees_by_harry.
“Dad recently moved into a new apartment and loves where he lives. He’s very independent, and since losing mum, his painting has really given him a new lease of life. Dad loves to make people happy, and his catchphrase is ‘Keep on smiling’, so we hope his t-shirts will help people to do just that.”
RNIB Head of Community Giving (Acting) Elma Droste said:
“Sight loss shouldn’t hold anyone back from doing things that they enjoy, and we are delighted that Harry has chosen to fundraise for us in such a creative way. The money raised from Harry’s t-shirts will help support over two million people in the UK living with sight loss.”