An art auction featuring work from the Wolves match day programme artist has raised more than £6,000 for charity – and could yet raise much more.
Funds raised by the sale of original paintings by Louise Cobbold are being shared between Cure Leukaemia, Race Against Blood Cancer, Good Shepherd Ministry Wolverhampton and YMCA Black Country.
In the first of four auctions this season, the painting of Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola raised an incredible £1,385, whilst the one of Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo wasn’t too far behind at £1,020.
Paintings of Burnley forward Ashley Barnes and Everton winger Richarlison also brought in £990 and £680 respectively.
Louise, whose husband Chris is a Wolves fanatic, was ecstatic with the amount of money raised.
She said: “Overall we had a fantastic reaction including the overwhelming support on social media and were especially pleased to see the final amount raised for Barnes and Richarlison as it wasn’t easy to make opposing fans aware of what we were doing.
“For the paintings of Nuno and Pep to have individually raised over £1,000 is truly incredible.
“Chris and I are very grateful to everyone who supported the auction and to the photographers because I wouldn’t be able to do the work without them.”
All the pictures have appeared on the front of the Wolves match day programmes this season.
And Louise admitted painting the opposition players has proved difficult.
She said: “Painting Danny Ings was the hardest I’ve done so far because the Southampton kit is quite complex and the forward has a lot of tattoos.”
She has previously raised money for Cure Leukaemia through her paintings in the past including one of Led Zeppelin singer and famous Wolves fan Robert Plant.
Chris, who is extremely proud of his wife’s work, said: “I’ve always believed in Louise, she’s brilliant at what she does and with my passion for Wolves and her talent with a paint brush, we make a fantastic team.”
A spokesperson for Cure Leukaemia added: “Louise and Chris have shown incredible generosity over the last year raising thousands of pounds for Cure Leukaemia in support of Carl Ikeme.
“We have formed a fantastic relationship with the Cobbolds during this time and the Great Big Art Auction is yet another example of not only their willingness to raise funds to help others but also Louise’s tremendous talent.
“We are very grateful to everyone that participated in the auction, every penny raised for Cure Leukaemia will go towards helping blood cancer patients access potentially lifesaving treatments that would not otherwise be available, so this support is directly helping save lives, thank you.”
Limited edition prints of all 10 auction paintings (along with other Wolves 2017-18 and ‘legends’ prints) are now available via https://www.sportspersonalities.org with 10 to 20 percent of profit from sales being donated to Cure Leukaemia.
Helen Holloway, from Good Shepherd Ministry, said: “Massive thank you to Louise Cobbold for the extremely generous donation. The money raised will have a huge impact on the most vulnerable in our community.”
Louise and Chris hope to have the second art auction in early December of around 6 to 8 paintings. Details of the final two auctions will be confirmed in due course.