Stunning painting of Rochdale will be auctioned off to raise money for Springhill Hospice

Date published: 21 September 2019

This beautiful watercolour of the Rochdale memorial gardens with the historic town hall in the background is being auctioned off to raise funds for Springhill Hospice.

The Geoff Butterworth original, commissioned by Paul Ellison of Rochdale in Bloom, has been donated by the artist to raise money for the hospice.

Geoff’s is a name synonymous with stunning landscapes – and his latest is no exception, having taken three days to paint.

Real our exclusive interview with Geoff in the Spring 2019 edition of Real Rochdale magazine here:

Mr Ellison said: “The garden itself was designed as a memorial for the centenary of World War One, which became a permanent feature earlier this year.

“Geoff has really outdone himself with this lovely scenery of the memorial garden and the iconic town hall. I thought it would be the pinnacle of remembrance to immortalise the scene in a painting. I’ve been a follower of Geoff’s work for many years, and knew he would be perfect to capture this perfectly.

 “I hope this one-of-a-kind painting goes a long way towards helping the hospice, which so many of us have a connection with.”


Geoff Butterworth (left) with the painting and Paul Ellison (right)
Geoff Butterworth (left) with the painting and Paul Ellison (right)


It is hoped that the painting will raise at least £1,200 for the hospice. It currently costs £3.2million a year - or £8,928 every day - to keep the doors of Springhill Hospice open.

Bids can be made from now up until the auction’s conclusion at 4pm during the Man of Rochdale luncheon on Friday 22 November 2019.

Prior bidders will be invited to the auction via email, should they wish to bid in person. The painting will be presented to the winner by Geoff Butterworth.

Additionally, 10 limited edition prints will be produced on a first come first serve basis with a donation from each print being donated towards the hospice.

Springhill Hospice has been contacted for comment.

To register your interest in a print, please visit Geoff’s gallery in the Exchange Shopping Centre between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of each week.

To be in with a chance of winning the original painting, please email bids to Geoff Butterworth on:

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