Leading local artist Neil Shawcross is set to raise a substantial ‘Few Pennies More’ for the Mary Peters Trust at its upcoming ‘Golden Gala’ event on Friday 2nd December in the Europa Hotel.
The high-profile fund-raiser will be the finale of a year of celebrations and activities to mark 50 years since Mary’s iconic Olympic Gold medal win in 1972.
Shawcross, who has been a friend and enthusiastic supporter of Mary and her Trust over many years, will join Mary, Jeffrey Archer as auctioneer, and actor Jimmy Nesbitt who will host the black-tie extravaganza.
Neil has created his interpretation of the front cover of best-selling author Jeffrey Archer’s first novel, “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less”, and both Jeffrey and Mary will sign the painting. The book which Neil selected was first published back in 1976, only a few years after Lord Archer first met Mary Peters. They struck up a lifelong friendship when Jeffrey was amongst the spectators in the athletics stadium cheering Mary on to her gold medal achievement at the Munich Olympics.
The Europa guest list includes a roll call of sporting legends and VIP guests, as well as young athletes who have benefited from Mary Peters Trust funding support.