Nude painting raises cash for cancer centre

A Wigan cancer care centre has received a boost after two Isherwood paintings went under the hammer.

The two paintings, the full nude of Susan Constantine, painted in 1955, and Mother's Feet, finished in 1961, raised 1, 000 for the Mary Brotherton Cancer Care and Welfare Centre.

They were donated for auction by the family of Tim Carolan, of Winstanley, who died of the disease in 1993 aged just 20.

His brother Paul said the auction was a fitting tribute to his sibling, a keen and talented artist himself, who had no access to the sort of facilities now available for cancer patients at the centre.

Paul said: "Back then his therapy was art, it was fishing, but there weren't any community services available and it wasn't really seen as standard practice to use alternative therapies.

"It is more accepted now and I am sure it is a service that will be used in the local area."

The Mary Brotherton Cancer and Wellbeing Centre was opened in July last year, bringing together counsellors, therapists and even wig makers for patients wishing to benefit from free complementary therapies.

Mary of Goose Green, died last year aged 62 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

Graham Gowland, one of the centre's directors, said: "We are absolutely delighted, it has come at just the right time.

"The paintings have been up for sale for some time, but they have been waiting for the right price to be offered and that has happened at just the right time, it is most welcome."

Paul said: "I know money is tight generally, nationally, at the moment, people are tightening their belts, but it is still good to see they are investing in good art and I think that once the investors knew what the money was going towards they were more than happy to pay the price we had hoped for."

Martin Heaps, who owns an art gallery in Lymm, donated Mother's Feet to the sale – the other painting came from Tim's dad Mic's personal collection.