An artist who fell in love with painting just three years ago is auctioning a special piece to raise funds for Mountbatten.

Sue Hyslop, 74, is supporting Mountbatten after we cared for her husband of 56 years, Robert, known by everyone as Bob.

Bob had Parkinsons disease and became increasingly less mobile in later years, though would sit with Sue while she painted. He died at the hospice in November and the piece up for auction was one of the very last Sue painted with him by her side.

“Hopefully we can raise as much as possible,” said Sue.

“The care Bob received from every single member of Mountbatten staff and volunteers was outstanding and helped us so very much.

"Mountbatten has so much love, compassion and exceptional care which was and continues to a great comfort to myself and all of our family.

"The painting is one I recreated from an original, which we both loved as it took us back to cuddles with our children and grandchildren and brightened our days.

"This being one of the last with Bob by my side is very special to me and although I struggle to part with it, if the auction helps Mountbatten to support other families with their love and care as they did for us, it's just a small way to repay them and to say 'thank you so very much'.”

Sue took up painting in 2020, encouraged by the skill of her granddaughters and now regularly paints what she feels at the time.

To make a bid on the auction piece, email [email protected]