Award Winning Darlington artist Terry Kneeshaw was commissioned by Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation to create an original painting to be auctioned at the London Football Awards.
The event took place on Thursday 3rd March and Terry’s painting raised a huge £16,000 in funds for the charity at the star-studded event.
(L-R: Mark Bright, David Seaman, Terry Kneeshaw, Carlton Cole, Ledley King)
Terry Kneeshaw is best known for his sports and pop culture pieces, and the time lapse videos of his paintings have been watched and shared by millions of football fans around the globe.
Terry was approached by the Willow Foundation to create a special piece to auction at their annual London Football Awards event to raise money for the charity.
Founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson, and his wife Megs, Willow is a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own Special Days were the charity’s inspiration.
Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
Since 1999 Willow has fulfilled more than 17,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease.
A large part of their fundraising comes via their annual event, the London Football Awards.
Independently judged by leaders from football administration and the football media, the London Football Awards celebrates the very best of London football.
Terry Kneeshaw has created a stunning acrylic on canvas painting which will be auctioned at this year’s event. The piece features twenty-five legends from Arsenal FC - including Bob Wilson himself - as voted for by Arsenal fans.
Terry has also created special prints of the piece, which are available to purchase from his website: www.terrykneeshaw.com
£5 from every print sale will be donated to the Willow Foundation.
Watch the timelapse video of the painting being created below: