Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. My stepfather, David lloyd-Jacob, died of a brain tumor in 2009. Macmillan were there for him.
I produced "Wake Up and Smell The Coffee" in 2007 specially for the Macmillan DeLonghi charity auction. Cast out of real coffee beans, this sensual sculpture begs you to wake up and touch her curves and smell the gentle aroma of roasted coffee. Mounted on a polished travertine base she looked beautiful, like coffee and cream or a "brewty" according the Sun headline!
Whilst on display in Peter Jones window, alongside works donated by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, the heat from the sun through the glass caused the surface to bubble and blister. It was like she was developing skin cancer. Rather than crying about it I saw this happy accident as a perfect tribute to Macmillan and their great work with cancer sufferers. I'm delighted to say that in spite of these blisters or perhaps because of them the sculpture made £3500, which was £1000 more than the estimate.
In 2009 I donated another sculpture to the Macmillan DeLonghi charity art auction. This time it was a bronze miniature of my award winning sculpture "The Impossibility of Passion".
All proceeds raised by the auctions contributed directly to the total raised from Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to help improve the lives of people living with cancer.