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Bidding to close soon in StarCards annual F1® charity auction

15 Jul 2016

The Formula One teams and drivers on the 2016 grid have again lent their support to the annual StarCards charity auction in aid of London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH).

Renowned F1 photographer Mark Sutton has supported the fundraising event by obtaining the signatures of the 2016 drivers on GOSH playing cards, as well as a special 2016 signed grid photo, all of which are available to bid on.

"Formula One fans around the world were contacting us in advance of the annual charity auction to make sure they don't miss out on this year's collection,” said Paul Brett, StarCards founder.

GOSH is one of the world's leading children's hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children's healthcare specialists under one roof.

The hospital's pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the UK and abroad.

The auction is being held at and finishes on Sunday July 17. A full preview of the items can be viewed here.

In another Sutton-related project, last weekend’s 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix saw Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone present staff and patients from GOSH with a cheque for £15,000 - funds raised from the recent sale of the World Champions in Art Collection to the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"It was a huge pleasure for me to have made this painting knowing that the proceeds have been donated to the charity,” commented artist Mark Dickens. “The Great Ormond Street Hospital patients face many battles in their young lives. Seeing their brave smiling faces in the F1 paddock certainly puts things into perspective. I feel honoured to be able to play a small part in making a difference.

"A very special thank you to Sebastian Vettel for buying this painting. He is a great champion and humanitarian."