Artist Pete McKee’s cards are best seller for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Pete McKee with one of his previous Christmas card designs.
Pete McKee with one of his previous Christmas card designs.

A charity Christmas card designed by famous Sheffield artist Pete McKee has become his biggest seller yet.

Thousands of the cards, depicting cartoon pooches Frank and Tony, were sold over the festive season, with all profits going to Artfelt.

The amount raised smashed last year’s £7,000 total to reach £13,000.

Artfelt is the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s arts programme, which transforms the hospital’s walls and spaces with bright art, helping children recover in an environment tailored to them.

Pete, who is a patron of Artfelt and has been designing the charity’s Christmas cards for a number of years, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported this year’s card, making it the most successful year yet.

“I know the much needed money raised will be put to great use.

“ I’m always blown away by the response the cards get and proud to be asked to produce them.

“Frank and Tony are over the moon to hear their Christmas cards have raised so much money for Artfelt and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

“To celebrate they have opened up a bottle of vintage Henderson’s and are splashing it over a giant meat and potato pie.”

The Artfelt programme also puts on workshops for youngsters to provide distraction during anxious moments such as before an operation and to break up long stays on the wards.

Cat Powell, Artfelt’s manager, said: “This is a huge amount of money which will make a massive difference to the lives of the children at our hospital.

“We are in the midst of our biggest appeal to date, the ‘Make it Better’ appeal to build a new wing at our hospital.

“Artfelt wants to build artwork into the fabric of the new building and help make the clinical more comfortable for the children who make 245,000 visits to the hospital each year. This money will go towards that.”

n To donate, visit www.tchc.org.uk/artfelt/donate