MORE than 25 celebrities have got out their paintbrushes to create unique works of art for Derian House.
Stars including Geri “Ginger Spice” Horner, Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Vine and Timmy Mallett have drawn and painted flowers to make up a birthday bouquet to mark the 25th anniversary of Derian.
The flowers will be auctioned to raise money, and the artwork will be unveiled at a glamorous exhibition at Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin on Friday, March 1. Everyone is invited to come along, to view the paintings and place a bid.
The flowers will then go on display at Derian’s new charity shop in Chorley town centre, and auctioned on eBay throughout the month of March.
Actor Helen Lederer, Grease star Didi Conn, adventurer Steve Backshall and Apprentice contestant Kayode Damali also put their creative talents to good use for the charity’s Flower Power campaign.
Seven-year-old Kayla, whose sister uses Derian’s services, has also created a flower as part of the project.
Fans will get the chance to own an exclusive piece of art created by their favourite star, along with a certificate of authenticity.
Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager at Derian House, said: “We’ve not only been overwhelmed by the creativity and generosity of the celebrities who have got involved in our Flower Power campaign, but also by the sheer number of people who have been keen to help us out. It’s been absolutely fantastic.
“Many of our flowers aren’t just pretty pictures drawn by celebrities, but fantastic pieces of art in their own right. With every penny raised going towards the care of our children and young people, I’d urge everyone to bid generously!”
Everybody is invited to come along to the launch exhibition at Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery, Heskin Hall shopping village, Chorley, on Friday, 1 March from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Here’s a full list of celebrities who have created flowers for Derian House Flower Power campaign:
Bolton Wanderers Football Club
Saara Alto and her Dancing On Ice partner Hamish Gaman
Didi Conn and her Dancing On Ice partner Lukasz Roszycki
Melody Thornton and her Dancing On Ice partner Alexander Demetriou
Mark Hanretty – Dancing on Ice professional
Curtis Johns from The Band Musical