Cornwall Hospice Care Events

Online Art Auction 2021

Go to Auction

Event Details

17th February 2021
Event type:
Cornwall Hospice Care Events
, , ,
Map Unavailable

17th February 2021 Events image

Our great thanks to our kind sponsors Marshall’s Estate Agents of Penzance

Throughout the pandemic we have managed to keep our 20 beds open to provide our specialist care for those who need us, we can only continue to do this with your help. We need that help now more than ever.

Our plea for art donations from our community has been met with an overwhelming response and we truly humbled by the generosity of artists across the county. We are delighted to offer these beautiful auction pieces ranging from renowned artists to incredibly gifted amateurs.

You can do something amazing by bidding for a beautiful piece of art for your home, work or as a thoughtful gift. You’ll be making that difference that keeps our beds open supporting our wonderful nurses helping families when they need us most. Thank you

A poignant sculpture of Sir Tom Moore will support Cornwall Hospice Care

A bust of the late Sir Tom Moore by West Cornwall sculptor Penny Lally will be at the centre of our exciting online auction. A number of prominent artists have donated items to our charity auction, including Ken Howard OBE RA who has given a stunning oil of St Michael’s Mount with a gallery value of £10,000.

“I was amusing myself in the first lock down sculpting famous people’s faces when Captain Sir Tom started his walk,” explains Penny Lally. “It was meant to be as the sculpture came together really quickly and I decided to cast it in bronze resin.” Amongst Penny’s other works is a bust of Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty that’s now in Manchester Art Gallery ready for the opening of a Grayson Perry Exhibition. “I’m very proud of my work as it’s a hobby really and people are surprised when I tell them I’ve sculpted 111 faces of all sorts of people during this pandemic.”

Penny’s links to us and St Julia’s Hospice in particular, go back a long way. In 2008 she and a friend were part of a team who raised £90,000 on a trek to Peru for the charity. Both had husbands who died from cancer and now Penny visits the hospice with her dog.  “I care passionately about the hospices and the care the nursing teams provide to patients and their families. I love going in to St Julia’s with my dog and have had the privilege of experiencing some very special and magic moments with extremely poorly people. The effect a dog can have is very powerful.”

Penny says it was her determination to keep raising money for our charity that relies on public support, that prompted her to donate the bust of Captain Sir Tom to the auction.

We have partnered with the charity auction platform Jumblebee to bring you over 100 pieces of beautiful Cornish original art.

The auction site is open to browse now at

Bidding is now open and will close on 21st March at 8pm.

You can leave proxy bids, which means the auction will automatically bid for you up to your set maximum amount.

You will be notified by Jumblebee if you are the winning bidder immediately after the auction closes.

Payment will be made directly to Cornwall Hospice Care and instructions on how to do this will be by email with the confirmation of your winning bid from Jumblebee. Please note that shipping is not included in your bid.

Thank you so much for your support.

Below are some stories behind the fabulous Lots available in the Auction

St Michael’s Mount by Ken Howard OBE RA

Ken was born in London and studied Art at The Hornsey School of Art, became the President of The New England Art Club from 1983-2003 and is renowned for painting nudes in his studio as well as cities such as Venice where he met his lovely wife Dora. Over the years as well as spending time in his studios in London and Venice, Ken would be found in his studio in Mousehole and painting around the beautiful Cornish Coast capturing the moody sea and sunlight.

He has also captured the heart of the local community who embraced him as one of their own, and he has sold many of his paintings to help local good causes and charities.

We’re very honoured that Ken and Dora have donated this oil painting of St Michael’s Mount, giving 100% of the auction price to help keep our much needed beds open.

Yvonne Fuller has kindly donated this painting by Audrey Wheeler.

“When I first came to live in Cornwall in1994 I met a wonderful lady called Audrey Wheeler who was deeply involved in the founding of the Cornwall Hospice.  Audrey died in 2000 but in those few short years we became great friends. She had been a District Nurse here, based in Portholland, but was originally trained at St Thomas’s in London where she worked throughout the war. While there as a ward Sister, Cicely Saunders became one of her junior nurses.  She sought Audrey’s permission to give extra care to patients nearing the ends of their lives, and Audrey, being both kind and intelligent, gave her every encouragement.  As you know, from that initial start in due course Cicely Saunders founded the Hospice movement.  When years later she went to receive her Damehood at Buckingham Palace it was Audrey she invited to accompany her.

Audrey  was also a very accomplished water colour painter whose work received considerable praise from visiting tutors.  I own two of her paintings and I think it would be most appropriate if you had one of them to sell in your auction.”

Our great thanks to our kind sponsors Marshall’s Estate Agents of Penzance