Princess Eugenie has launched a limited collection of porcelain buttercups in support of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
The hand-crafted buttercups will raise money to support the staff and patients receiving treatment at the Hospital, where Princess Eugenie once received treatment herself, and now serves as Patron of the Hospital’s Charity arm.
“As a former patient of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and as Patron of the RNOH Charity, I am delighted to support The Buttercup Collection,” Princess Eugenie said in a statement announcing the collection.
“I know from my own experience that being a child in hospital and having complex surgery can be very daunting. For almost 100 years, Buttercups have offered hope at the RNOH, and I am so pleased to see this tradition continue in such a beautiful way.”
The Buttercup Collection was designed, hand-finished, slip cast and painted by artist Clare Twomey, who created a limited run of 2,000 pieces that will sell for £45 (which includes the postage and packaging).
Twomey said, “Being able to work with the RNOH Charity and Here Design has been a magical journey. My ambitions as an artist were to create a truly special moment for everyone who helps us support this cause, and together we’ve made these final artworks that are full of the Charity’s positive spirit. It’s been a very special project and a privilege to work on.”
The RNOH uses buttercups as one of its major emblems of hope and optimism and has been central to the Hospital’s charity appeals since the 1930s when artificial buttercups were sold in London to raise funds.
The RNOH Charity’s Chief Executive, Rosie Stolarski, said, “The RNOH Charity is delighted to be working in collaboration with Clare Twomey and Here Design to create a unique and beautiful piece of art to share with our supporters and provide an element of hope during these challenging times. All funds raised will strengthen and support the people, research and infrastructure that make the RNOH one of the world’s best orthopaedic hospitals.”
The Butterfly Collection is available by clicking here.