ARTIST Clive Hemsley has helped raise money for Helen & Douglas House, the hospice for children and young people in Oxford.
He offered to paint free portraits of dogs belonging to people visiting the charity’s shop in Duke Street, Henley, in return for a donation to Helen & Douglas House. Fifteen people took up the offer.
Jean Hugill, manager of the shop, said: “Clive has been a great supporter of Helen & Douglas House over many years but we couldn’t believe it when he offered to raise funds in this way.
“It was incredibly generous of him to give up his valuable time to paint 15 pictures and to donate all of the canvases and art materials for free.
“We are hugely grateful to Clive and can’t thank him enough for his wonderful support.”
Mr Hemsley who lives in Hart Street, Henley, said: “I have really enjoyed working with the Helen & Douglas team who are all stars.
“It was a good project and no doubt I will be doing the same next year for charity.
“In the meantime, it’s important for us dog owners to have a memento of our precious beasts and there’s nothing like an oil painting to capture them forever.
“Anybody wanting a painting for Christmas needs to brief me before the end of November — my email is firstname.lastname@example.org