BUDDING artist Sara Otter has seen her friendship with Doncaster war veteran Ben Parkinson blossom in recent years.
And now the 24-year-old hopes her ‘Blood Stained Poppies’ masterpiece will raise a small fortune for Ben’s official charity.
Sara, who suffers from a rare form of narcolepsy, is brushing up on her painting skills after discovering a passion for art this summer.
Her impressive collection of work has already struck a chord with her close friend Ben, of Bessacarr, who is continuing to make remarkable progress from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan in 2006.
One of Sara’s most striking paint pieces – a red and white gloss enamel which symbolises the poppy - will be auctioned off later this month to raise money for the Pilgrim Bandits.
Sara, of Wheatley Hills, said: “I’ve known Ben because we’re both treated by the same chiropractor, Dr Aidan Robinson. It’s nice to be able to do something to help Ben and such a worthwhile cause.”
Blood Stained Poppies will be auctioned at a Pilgrim Bandit event in Bournemouth, with all money going to charity. Thereafter, 50 per cent of the proceeds of the sale of additional Blood Stained Poppies merchandise, including prints and mugs will go to the charity.
More of Sara’s painting will be on show at Doncaster Deaf School’s Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday (10am-4pm).