Former Preston teacher raises more than £150,000 for charity by selling painted cards in Booths stores

Posted on - 1st May, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, Preston News, Proud Preston, Ribble Valley News
One of Bob's paintings.
One of Bob’s paintings.

A teacher has been selling his painted cards in Booths stores across Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire for the past two years.


Bob Sutcliffe has managed to raise more that £150,000 for various charities such as Cure Leukaemia amongst others as well as buying iPads for schools, a wheel chair and a defibrillator.

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Bob started to paint aged 46 (now 50) after a heart attack and found that his paintings were very popular so decided to paint for charity.

Another of Bob's paintings.
Another of Bob’s paintings.

He said: “[I] started to paint at 46 after a heart attack. I’m now 50. People liked what I did so I thought I’d paint for charity and £150,000 later here we are.

“[I am] raising money currently for Cure Leukaemia but I’ve supported loads of different charities.

“[The cards] are in all Booths across Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I contacted them and made the suggestion and as they support local suppliers they were up for it – and they also were up for the charity side too which now ties into their CEO Nigel Murray raising money for Cure Leukaemia too as part of a Tour de Booths cycle challenge in May and then him doing the Tour De France later this year!”

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Bob is originally from Blackburn but lived in the Ribble Valley and taught in Preston for ten years.

Bob Sutcliffe with his cards in Booths stores.
Bob Sutcliffe with his cards in Booths stores.

He now works across North Lancashire teaching children who have been withdrawn from mainstream education for various reasons.

You are now able to buy Bob’s painted cards in any Booths store across Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire.

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