December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Donna Air is to host an auction in Kensington in aid of Macmillan, featuring works from Rankin, Ringo Starr and Gavin Turk.
Now in its seventh consecutive year, this will be the first time that the collection of works going under the hammer will be open to public view for three days ahead of the auction.
Over the past six years, the auction has helped to raise almost £700,000 for Macmillan, which provides support to cancer patients. Keen supporters of the auction have included Jo and Leah Wood, Claudia Winkleman, Jerry Hall, Katherine Jenkins, Fearne Cotton and Amber Atherton.
Celebrity guests expected to attend this year’s event, which is supported by De’Longhi, on September 23 at the Royal College of Art include Mary McCartney, Pandemonia, Alison Jackson and more.
Air said: “I’m honoured to host this year’s Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction. I love art and this year’s collection is a really exciting body of work.
“I know from personal experience how vital Macmillan’s work is. Their nurses were a great source of comfort and support when I sadly lost my grandmother to cancer.
“The generosity and enthusiasm of all the artists involved is overwhelming and I really do hope we raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause.”
The collection will be open to the public from September 20 to September 22. There will also be other events taking place over the weekend including a performance by Benjamin Francis Leftwich on September 20, a book signing by Joanna Trollope on September 21 and a concert by the Exmoor singers on September 22.
Verity Rowles, director of corporate partnerships and philanthropy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction is always a hugely exciting event, but this year’s extended format will make it even more enjoyable. It is a real honour to have such strong support again from De’Longhi as well as contributions from so many fantastic artists.
“The money raised will help us to ensure that no one will face cancer alone.”
Neal Jones, managing director at De’Longhi, said: “We never cease to be overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of the artists, photographers and, of course, the guests, who help make this auction such a success year after year.”