Artwork created by children could raise thousands of pounds for a charity.
Aberdeen wealth management firm Mattioli Woods is taking part in Venture 2019, which challenges teams to raise as much money as possible from a starting sum of £100.
All the cash from Venture will go towards supporting Charlie House’s plans to build a state-of-the-art specialist support centre in Aberdeen.
The team from Mattioli Woods came up with the idea of a canvas they could auction off and turned to children, siblings and parents who are supported by Charlie House to help create the artwork.
They were asked to draw something inspired by the theme ‘home’, then all the artworks were combined to make a landscape design of the Granite City.
Mattioli Woods worked with FortyTwo Studio to produced the final image, which is now being auctioned.
The Evening Express currently has the leading bid of £2,000 on the online auction.
George Gray is leading a team of six at Mattioli Woods.
He said they were delighted with the response since opening the bids for the canvas on Tuesday.
George said: “Our plan is to get the canvas displayed at various locations throughout the city in the coming weeks before the end of the auction.
“We thought it would be a great idea to get the children of Charlie House involved, and the idea just snowballed.
“We came up with the children doing a picture with the theme of home and what is special to them about Charlie House.
“We’ve pulled all those images into one giant image for the north-east.”
George added: “The canvas is 1.8m long and is a metre tall. When people see it they will be able to pick out the landmarks.
“The Evening Express has kindly put in a bid of £2,000 and is currently the highest bidder,” he said.
“We also had an anonymous bid of £1,000 we received the other day as well. To get two massive bids on it already is fantastic.”
Venture, an Apprentice-style challenge, is taking place to raise money for Charlie House’s Big Build Appeal.
The judging panel is to include local entrepreneur Bob Keiller, with one of the prizes being tickets to attend his Effective Business Storytelling workshop.
There will be one team crowned winner, as well as additional awards handed out.
The new Charlie House centre is expected to cost £8 million to build and maintain and would be set in four acres at Woodend Hospital.
It will include eight children’s bedrooms with family accommodation, as well as facilities, including a craft room, teen den, sensory gardens and office space for employees.
The winner of Venture will be announced on Thursday.
The auction will end on May 30.