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.
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.