Robin's Song charity auction for Children's Hospice South West
A COLLECTION of more than 300 paintings and pictures of wildlife is going under the hammer on Sunday, to help raise money for sick children.
It has been organised by an artist whose son is terminally ill, to thank the hospice which has helped them over the last few years.
Ian Griffiths, from Helston, said Children's Hospice South West's Little Harbour hospice, near St Austell, has been excellent in providing respite breaks for his son Thomas, aged 9.
Inspired to enrich the time that children, families and staff spend at the hospice, Mr Griffiths created a project called A Robin's Song.
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More than 150 artists from around the world have donated pictures of birds and other wildlife which will now be sold to raise funds.
The money will then be used to create birdboxes, feeding stations and a wildflower meadow at the hospice.
Any remaining funds will be donated towards running costs.
Mr Griffiths said: "My wife Lizzie and I regularly take our daughter Alice and son Thomas to Little Harbour.
"Here, and previously at Little Bridge House in Devon, we have benefited greatly from the wonderful facilities, care and support on offer.
"As a full-time wildlife artist, I know the life-enhancing benefits and pleasure that the natural world can bring to people of all ages – especially children.
"The song of a robin or the sight of butterflies among wild flowers can do so much. Unfortunately, although there is an abundance of wildlife in the area around Little Harbour, there is little in the grounds themselves or near the building."
The auction will be held at 3pm on Sunday at the Merchant House Hotel in Truro. The artwork can be viewed from 1pm. Also, to see some of the work, visit www.arobinssong.co.uk