Presenter raises almost £4,000 for NHS Charities Together after his new sketching talent inspires fundraiser

Samantha Jeffries   ·  2 min read
  • Create and Craft presenter Dave Bradford took up sketching to beat lockdown boredom and discovered hidden talent

    Prints of his sketch of Downton Abbey were sold on Create and Craft, raising over £3,000 for NHS Charities Together

    Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville backed initiative and signed original print

Create and Craft TV presenter Dave Bradford has raised £3,750 for NHS Charities Together after the discovery of his hidden sketching talent in lockdown inspired him to launch a charity fundraiser.

Despite never sketching at all until last autumn, Dave’s social media posts of his drawings prompted reams of positive comments and he was inspired to put his talents to good use.

382 prints of Dave’s first sketch - Highclere Castle, the setting for TV’s popular Downton Abbey show – were sold on Create and Craft over the last month and the original, signed by Downton Abbey leading man, Hugh Bonneville – was auctioned last Sunday for £610.

All proceeds from the sales and auction will go to NHS Charities Together. The donation will be used to support the 241 NHS member charities on the ground across the UK, helping to address the immediate needs of patients and staff and to support the longer-term recovery of the NHS.

Dave Bradford commented: “I’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve had for the fundraiser, it’s just brilliant people bought all the prints and we raised so much for a worthwhile cause. It’s really important to support our NHS heroes in every way possible and I’m pleased that the discovery of my creative streak enabled us to do this! I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who have supported the fundraiser and say a special thank you to Hugh Bonneville, who has been behind it from the start.”

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together said: “These prints of Dave’s sketch are amazing and all the more so because they have raised so much money for NHS charities. A big thank you to Dave, the auction winner of the signed original and everyone who bought a print. The amount raised will help fund additional support, both practically and emotionally, for our NHS workers, volunteers and patients at the centre of the crisis.”

While Create and Craft was founded as a live TV channel, the brand has more recently been experiencing growth online as it broadcasts to a large audience on its social media channels including YouTube and Instagram.