Wednesday 27 August 2014 

Alastair Cook Canvas To Be Auctioned For Charity

The canvas depicts Alastair Cook hitting a boundary at Edgbaston
The canvas depicts Alastair Cook hitting a boundary at Edgbaston
© The Willow Foundation

England captain Alastair Cook is among a host of British sporting heroes who have been captured on canvas ahead of an auction to raise money for Willow, a charity which works with seriously ill young people and adults.

The Willow Foundation

To date Willow has provided more than 10,000 Special Days for people living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington’s, amongst other conditions. 

These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing.

A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will treasure forever.

For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk or telephone 01707 259777.

The artworks will be on show at a public exhibition at Bonhams, London on 9th and 10th September while they will be auctioned between 4th and 14th September.

The image above shows Cook's canvas, based on his personal best Test innings of 294 against India at Edgbaston in 2011.

This collection, named Sportwaves, combines a fine art portrait with a digital soundwave of the moment captured, which in Cook's case is the roar of the Birmingham crowd.

Each piece has been created by artist Rob Highton, and along with Cook, the stars featured are Mo Farah, Lewis Hamilton, AP McCoy, Theo Walcott, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Ben Ainslie, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Hannah Cockroft and Christine Ohuruogu.

Bob Wilson, who founded The Willow Foundation as a lasting memorial to his daughter Anna, who died aged 31 from cancer, paid tribute to the artwork and how the auction will help the charity.

"The combination of fine art and high profile sporting heroes is an exciting match for any sport or art lover," he said.

"The Sportwaves collection captures special moments in sporting history. 

"Funds raised at auction will enable Willow to provide its own special moments for those living with life threatening conditions at a time when they need it most," he added.

© Cricket World 2014

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