Vettriano bags the cash

Launch of new charity bag on behalf of Maggie's centres by artisit Jack Vettriano at Scotmid stores
Launch of new charity bag on behalf of Maggie's centres by artisit Jack Vettriano at Scotmid stores

KIRKCALDY artist Jack Vettriano has allowed one of his acclaimed paintings to be used to raise funds for the Maggie’s charity.

Supermarket Scotmid Co-operative have made 5000 limited edition, eco-friendly, cotton shopping bags featuring his ‘Anniversary Waltz’ piece.

Selling at £2 a time it is expected £10,000 will be raised for the charity - which offers free support to people with cancer and their family and friends, and is the Scotmid Co-operative’s charity of the year.

Vettriano is a long-term supporter of Maggie’s and in 2010 he raised over £20,000 for the charity when his famous image, ‘Let’s Twist Again’, went on sale as the First Ministers chosen Christmas card.

He said: “I am delighted to lend my support to Scotmid’s fundraising campaign for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres – I have seen the brilliant work they do first hand in my hometown, Kirkcaldy, and hope that their network of centres continues to grow with our support.”

Gemma Branney, a fundraising manager at Maggie’s added: “Jack Vettriano has been a fantastic supporter of Maggie’s for many years now and we are delighted that he has came together with Scotmid to develop this gorgeous bag.

“We are sure it will be a huge success with Scotmid customers and will go a long way in raising vital funds for our network of cancer support Centres.”

A spokesman for the supermarket said it was “honoured” to be working with the artist.

The Jack Vettriano charity bag is available from all Scotmid Co-operative stores, with 100 per cent of the purchase price donated to Maggie’s.