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Catman donates 'superhuman' artwork to the Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury

Kent street artist Catman has donated a poignant picture to the Pilgrims Hospice which will be auctioned to raise much-needed funds.

Called Superhuman, it is a one-off copy of the striking image he created on the side of the charity's shop in Whitstable in recognition of health workers in April last year.

Pilgrims staff with the Catman artwork which is being auctioned for the charity
Pilgrims staff with the Catman artwork which is being auctioned for the charity

Paying homage to key workers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Catman said: “While the town was in isolation, I painted this in dedication to all the superhuman frontline staff out there, working tirelessly to keep us and our loved ones safe and well.”

Now, the elusive artist, dubbed the town's answer to Banksy, has recreated his picture on apiece of plywood which he has gifted to the charity for sale. It is now mounted in a black wooden frame, donated by the Lilford Gallery in Canterbury.

The Canterbury-based Pilgrims Hospice say it is "honoured and delighted" to have been given the artwork, which it hopes will spark eager bidding and raise a good sum.

The charity's community fundraising manager, Leila Ilkhan, said: "We are delighted by this generous gift and to have the opportunity to raise vital funds from such a touching piece of artwork.

"Without the vital support of our community we would not be able to carry on with our work to ensure those who are living with an incurable illness have access to the specialist care and comfort they need. We are incredibly thankful."

The elusive street artist Catman at work
The elusive street artist Catman at work

The artwork has been given a reserve/start price of £1,000.

The silent auction will go live from Monday, February 22, and anyone interested in owning it can send in their bid to fundraising@pilgrimshospices.org, with name, contact address and phone number.

Bidding will close at midnight on on Monday, March 15, and the winner will be contacted the following day.

You have to be 18 or over to bid and if there is more than one top bid of the same value then the first received will be accepted.

For more information go to www.pilgrimshospices.org

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