Iconic Seve image to help aid brain tumour research

Maisie and Vanessa Dury with Jude Innes of J&G Innes which is selling the images.
Maisie and Vanessa Dury with Jude Innes of J&G Innes which is selling the images.

A St Andrews family are hoping an iconic ‘lenticular’ image of Seve Ballesteros winning The Open in St Andrews in 1984, will help boost fundraising for a brain tumour charity close to their hearts.

Vanessa and Ollie Dury became involved with the Brain Tumour Research charity after their eldest daughter, Maisie, was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just two-and-a-half.

Maisie and Vanessa Dury on the Swilcan Bridge with their moving image of Seve Ballesteros when he won The Open in St Andrews in 1984. Vanessa hopes to sell 12 limited edition copies of the image to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity which the family have supported since Maisie was diagosed with a brain tumour.

Maisie and Vanessa Dury on the Swilcan Bridge with their moving image of Seve Ballesteros when he won The Open in St Andrews in 1984. Vanessa hopes to sell 12 limited edition copies of the image to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity which the family have supported since Maisie was diagosed with a brain tumour.

World famous golfer Seve Ballesteros had a brain tumour diagnosed the same year. He died in 2011.

Vanessa, who grew up in the town and attended St Andrews University, explained she had watched the legendary Spaniard win the tournament in 1984 and always loved the striking photograph captured by Getty Images following his victory.

Vanessa and her husband, who run the Openview gallery from their home, are selling 12 special edition pictures at J&G Innes.

Visitors passing by Innes’ window can see the striking image for themselves as it sits alongside other iconic photographs from preious tournaments.

‘Brain tumour research receives very little funding despite being the cause of more deaths of children and adults under 40 than any other cancer’

Vanessa Dury

Vanessa explained: “It’s a limited edition moving image - called a lenticular - of Seve winning the Open in St Andrews in 1984. We had it created for the last Open when we had the gallery shop and are selling an limited edition of 12 for this Open - with £50 from the sale of each picture going to the Brain Tumour Research charity.

She explained: “The lenticulars are made up of a series of photographs that change from one to the other as you move past the picture.”

In March Maisie (10), and Vanessa were invited to the House of Commons where they met MPs as part of an event held to raise awareness of the charity and the fact brain tumour research receives very little funding despite being the cause of more deaths of children and adults under 40 than any other cancer.

Since then Maisie and her seven-year-old sister Anna-May have raised over £750 with a series of fundraising activities over the past year including a ‘Wear a Hat to School’ day which included a Mad Hatters tea party at their school, Greyfriars Primary.

Maisie Dury on the Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews

Maisie Dury on the Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews

Their fundraising was given a further boost when Maisie’s cousin Millie Gross did a sponsored swim with her friend Bessie and raised £750, bringing the total to £1500.

Vanessa added: “We are hoping to raise over £1250 with the sale of the pictures - this will bring Maisie’s total to over £2740 which is enough to sponsor a day of research into brain tumours and when that has been raised we can dedicate a tile on the Wall of Hope in memory of Seve Ballesteros for July 22 - which is the date he won the Open in St Andrews in 1984.”

Maisie was diagnosed when the family were still living in London and Vanessa was pregnant with Anna-May.

The family moved to St Andrews where Vanessa’s parents, Lesley and Jack Haines, live and Maisie received treatment at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Maisie has received all-clear scans but will always be monitored by doctors.

To show your support for Maisie’s fundraising visit the website www.justgiving.com/Maisie-Dury