An original work of art created by singer Cat Stevens for Dorset’s wildlife has raised £800 this month at the Moreton Charity Ball. The singer-songwriter and humanitarian Yusuf Islam, whose string of hits under his former stage name include Moonshadow and Morning has Broken, donated the striking two-colour drawing ‘The Jacaranda Tree’ to Dorset Wildlife Trust. It was sold at auction at the annual Moreton Charity Ball, which this year featured the conservation charity as one of its charities of the year.
We are incredibly grateful to Yusuf Islam for his generous and beautiful gift
Fiona Sansom, Supporter Development Manager at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Yusuf Islam for his generous and beautiful gift and we are absolutely delighted with the amount raised at the auction. The Jacaranda Tree caused quite a sensation at the ball and we must say a big thank you to the organisers for giving us this opportunity to maximise the money raised in a cause that Yusuf wanted to support.”
Dorset Wildlife Trust was nominated for the black tie event, held at Moreton House, by Moreton Charity Ball committee member Scott Duncan of Medusa Apothecary. Other items sold at the auction by Dorset Wildlife Trust were a vase, donated by Moorcroft, which raised £250 and a cobweb gate, donated by Guy House, which sold for £150. The charity will also receive a third of the approximate £19,000 total raised on the evening.
This is our third charity ball at Moreton and it has been our most successful yet
Scott Duncan said: “This is our third charity ball at Moreton and it has been our most successful yet. We hope that the total will exceed £19,000, which will be split between our 3 nominated local charities. A huge thank you to all of our guests and contributors for a truly beautiful event.”
Fiona Sansom added: “As a charity, we depend on the generosity of members and supporters to support our vital conservation work. All the money raised for Dorset Wildlife Trust at this event will be spent on protecting wildlife across the county. If you would like to support us at your next charity event, please contact me on 01305 264620 or click here.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Jacaranda Tree by Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens).
Moorcroft ‘red kite’ Vase, designed by P Gibson
‘Cobweb’ gate by Guy House