Special prints commemorating the life of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney are to go on sale.Advertisement
Created by Preston artist David Robinson they depict Sir Tom in 1950s comic book style.
The prints show Finney’s life both on and off the pitch, scoring goals and being a pillar of the community.
A limited edition of just 500 prints have been created which are to raise funds for the Space Centre in Ashton-on-Ribble.
David Robinson said: “It is an honour to draw someone like Sir Tom Finney not only because of his football greatness but also because he was such a gentleman and he did so much for Preston.
“I wanted to capture something of Sir Tom’s winning sprit and the graceful way he played football and lived his life. Hopefully the prints are a tribute to Sir Tom and his life story.
“Charity and fund raising were a big part of Sir Tom’s life and I am really pleased that 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the prints are to go to the Space Centre.”
Brian Finney, Sir Tom’s son, said: “Dad would have been very proud but humble too. The prints are a lovely tribute to him and I am sure they will be popular with Preston North End and football fans alike. As a family we have been very moved by all the tributes to Sir Tom. He clearly touched many lives and that is something to be truly thankful for.
“The Space Centre was close to dad’s heart and I am pleased that the sale of the prints will raise money for this fantastic charity. The Space Centre needs to raise £65,000 for a new Space Centre Two facility and hopefully the sale of these prints will help them get nearer to this target.”
The prints go on sale at the club shop priced £19.99 and are A1 size.
Ben Rhodes, club secretary at PNE, said: “Preston North End are delighted to put on sale these limited edition and commemorative prints of Sir Tom. The prints pay tribute to the Club’s greatest ever player and ambassador and will gives fans something to treasure his memory by.
“We are proud to continue our support of the Space Centre, who were on the Club’s shorts last season and are delighted that 50% from the proceeds of the sale of the prints will go to this very local charity; a charity that Sir Tom did much to support and help raise funds for.”
The Space Centre faced closure more than 18 months ago but has received huge support from businesses and residents across Preston to keep providing vital respite care for parents of children with learning disabilities.
Alison Birch from the Space Centre said: “This is a wonderful gesture from the Finney family and Preston North End. Sir Tom was such a marvellous ambassador for the Space Centre and we owe him a lot and it’s fantastic that Brian is going to carry on the Finney tradition by being our patron.
“Nothing was too much trouble for Sir Tom and the money he raised really helped to establish the Space Centre as it is today. We now have the chance to build on Sir Tom’s legacy with our plans for the Space Centre Two. We need to raise £65,000 to make this happen and money from the sale of these prints will really help us to reach our goal.”
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