Marco Simoncelli was tragically killed in October 2011 and thousands of MotoGP fans I am sure can remember it like it was yesterday. I know we certainly can.
Out of this tragedy came the great work of the Marco Simoncelli Foundazione. Run by the family with the help of family friends and volunteers, it has changed the life of many in areas which Marco would have been so proud of.
Following the accident, I received many e-mails asking if I would be producing a painting of Marco in remembrance. To be honest it had rocked me so much I couldn’t envisage producing a painting and selling it. Seemed wrong.
After much deliberation, we decided that maybe we could produce something and money made from the sales would go to a charity. At this time the Foundazione had not been formed and we were searching for a charity that we too considered Marco would have favoured. Then the Foundazione came to fruition, problem sold.
The first picture sold out quickly and barring unavoidable costs, the money from the sales were sent to the Foundazione. All down to our fantastic customers. We wanted to present the family with copy 58/58 of the limited edition and via some helpful friends involved in MotoGP we were able to visit the family home in January 2012. This was a very emotional time, as I am sure you can imagine, but we were so pleased to be able to make a contribution to the charity, all because of our great customers.
Since then Steve has produced 4 more magnificent paintings of Marco and we continue to raise funds for the Foundazione from the sales of the limited edition copies. A further donation of approximately €500 will be made in October 2020 bringing the total raised to just over €18,000 and as we continue to sell copies of the paintings, then more donations will be made.
We would like to take the opportunity of thanking everyone who has purchased a copy of one of the Marco pictures and know that your money has made a difference.
Steve & Jackie
With any requests we receive from Charities we always try to help out by donating a piece of artwork. Here are a list of the charities we have been helping out over the years:-
One Step at a Time – http://onestepatatime.me.uk
Two Wheels for Life – http://twowheelsforlife.org
Yorkshire Air Ambulance – http://yorkshireairambulance.org.uk
Doncaster & Bassettlaw Kidney Association – http://dabka.org.uk
IOM Air Ambulance
IOM TT Marshalls
Plus many more over the years.