Award-winning sculptor, Bramhall-based Dawn Rowland is generously donating a sculpture valued at an estimated £20,000, to raise funds for the SMA Trust – the only UK charity solely dedicated to funding medical research for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
The one-off opportunity to bid for this imposing sculpture, which has been named Veronica and is a plaster depiction of a life-sized naked female, sat on a platform, will happen at the annual SMA Platinum Ball in Manchester. However, the ball committee is offering the unique opportunity to pre-bid for the sculpture before the official auction, to allow for the maximum amount of people to put an offer in for Dawn’s valuable art. Anyone interested can bid by e-mailing TeamDavid@journey9.com.
The Platinum Ball, which is taking place at The Lowry Hotel on 18 October 2014, has been organised by “Team David” , a committee that comprises of Cheshire-based parents of three-year-old David Dee, who has SMA, dedicated friends and the Manchester-based events company Journey9. Last year’s ball raised over £50,000, with 100% proceeds going towards a specific research project at Edinburgh University which has, excitingly, proven successful. The hope for this year’s event is to raise £100,000, which will only be achieved through the successful sale of Dawn’s sculpture.
Hale-based Jonathan Dee, father of David Dee, commented: “We are so grateful to Dawn for contacting the SMA Trust and donating such a beautiful and valuable piece to auction at our Ball. We are desperate to raise money for the Trust, which is actively funding research across the world to help children born with SMA to live longer and healthier lives. Since David was born over three years ago, groundbreaking research has already been funded solely by the fundraising from the SMA Trust.“