Youngster's picture raises £330,000 for disability group

A picture designed by an eight-year-old girl with spinal muscular atrophy has raised £330,000 for children's disability charity Caudwell Children.

Tilly Griffiths
Tilly Griffiths
The painting, called Spirit of Caudwell Children, was auctioned at last week’s Legends Ball in Battersea Park and beat its original asking price of £25,000 when all bidders offered to donate their bids.

The painting’s creator, Tilly Griffiths, explained to the audience in a video presentation that the butterflies in the picture represented her feeling of freedom after she received a wheelchair from Caudwell Children.

“Tilly’s picture was a very moving depiction of the work we do,” said Trudi Beswick, chief executive of the charity. “It gives the team a great deal of satisfaction to know that the money we work hard to raise does make such a big difference to children’s lives.”

A host of celebrities, including the Sugababes, Whitney Houston and Joan Collins attended the event, helping to raise £1.5m for children with disabilities in the UK. Other lots included an original Picasso and a Lamborghini.

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