A charity that offers financial support to struggling members of the nursing profession has been chosen as the recipient of donations made to a prize draw linked to hit series Gogglebox.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust said it was “excited” to be working with the stars of TV sofa-surfing show Gogglebox who have painted self-portraits and donated them to the charity.
The artworks will be being given away in a prize draw that will go live during the Gogglebox show screened on Friday 22 May at 9pm on Channel 4.
“This painting project for the prize draw is our way of trying to say thank you”
While the show is on, the 14 cast members’ masterpieces will be revealed on social media – though not on TV – encouraging fans to enter the prize draw. The draw closes on Friday 5 June.
The charity said anyone can buy tickets to be in with a chance to win one of the 14 self-portraits. Each entry costs £3 with all proceeds in aid of Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
With cast members of the latest series being in some way touched by the help of nurses, and art in general, this initiative resonates across the board, said the show’s producers, especially during the Covid-19 crisis.
For example, one of the show’s stars, Julie Malone, said: “As a mother of a pediatric intensive care nurse, I really enjoyed getting involved with this project.
“We really appreciate all the work the Cavell Nurses’ Trust do for nurses and healthcare workers and we would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts”
Another one of the show’s stars Giles Wood, a Wimbledon art school graduate, said: “This one is especially rare, as I normally paint landscapes or interiors where there is room for less exactitude than in portraiture.”
His partner Mary said: “It’s difficult to drag him away from his one-acre wildlife garden. Yet, he rose to the challenge anyway because of the exceptional work done by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust which we both want to support.”
The show’s creator and executive producer, Tania Alexander, came up with the idea for cast members to paint self-portraits of themselves sitting on their sofas.
Ms Alexander said: “The work that Cavell Nurses’ Trust does is incredibly valuable.
“They offer real and tangible support to the nursing profession, and they’re doing that right now at what is such a crucial time,” she said.
“I think I speak for the entire Gogglebox cast and crew when I say that we are grateful to them and to the clinical care profession as a whole.”
She added: “This painting project for the prize draw is our way of trying to say thank you. We hope it helps raise awareness and funds simultaneously, so please do buy a ticket.”
- The prize draw link in the article will show the prize paintings and details of entry from 9pm Friday 22 May