An artist has raised £2,400 for a heart foundation after hosting an art exhibition in Rossendale.

Original Paintings in acrylics and water-soluble oils by David Makinson, as well as prints and cards, were on show at the Rossendale Rugby Club, Marl Pits, over the weekend.

Mr Makinson, 58, who lives in Wigan, said the event was a huge success and a further £700 could be raised for the Somerville Heart Foundation.

David said: "As well as my own work, professional artist, Lucy Manfredi also donated a painting for auction which raised £475. 

"All in all it was a wonderful day and thank you to everyone who donated."

David was born with a complex congenital heart condition – Tetralogy of Fallot - and to date has had two major open-heart surgeries and four ICD (Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators). He also has Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

David took up painting in January 2018 as a stress relief from living with complex, life-long medical conditions, and specialises in painting people and particularly favours bold colour and art deco styles.

All sales of his paintings are donated to the Somerville Heart Foundation who offer invaluable support to young people and adults living with lifelong complex congenital heart issues.