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Elvis portrait is The King among fundraisers

Elvis portrait imageA portrait of Elvis Presley commissioned by estate agent Colin Shairp has raced to number one among charity fundraising portraits.

Colin’s Fine and Country Southern Hampshire and Town and Country Southern estate agencies in Drayton support Macmillan and he commissioned the portrait from Julian O’Dell, the estate agency trainer, when they met at The Negotiator Conference.

Julian has raised £17,000 in the last 18 months drawing portraits, mainly of music stars, which he sells to raise funds, initially for Macmillan and now for Action Against Cancer.

“I hadn’t picked up my pencils for 40 years when I decided to draw again while on holiday,” said Julian. “My wife thought the picture very good so I decided to give it away via Facebook, but someone insisted on paying for it so the fundraising idea was born.

“My wife is a cancer patient and her oncologist, Professor Justin Stebbing, has been very good in helping her so I decided to return the compliment as best I could by helping Action Against Cancer, in which he is involved.

“Colin was really generous, not only did he pay me £1,000 to create the portrait of Elvis but he then donated it to be sold and it went for £100 to someone in the village where I live. I travel several days a week on business and spend my spare time creating portraits, which can take up to six hours depending on the detail. They tend to sell for upwards of £100 each, so Colin’s commission has been a real star turn.”

Colin said, “Elvis has always been a big draw for music fans so I thought a drawing might be the perfect thing. It turns out to have been a good choice and I’m delighted to have helped Julian’s fundraising. He called me to say the picture was ready, so I just asked for a photo of it and then told him to sell it. I’m glad it has helped a great cause.”

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