A super-talented art teacher and long-standing Pools fan helped to fund a school trip for autistic children thanks to his amazing portrait of Hartlepool United’s current manager.
Dave Carless painted the picture of fans’ favourite Ronnie Moore ahead of a celebratory night held at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, at the weekend, to mark Pools making it to Cardiff for the League One play off final.
The 38-year-old’s masterpiece was signed by Ronnie and then raffled off on the evening, raking in a £733.
And the cash will be handed to Catcote Academy, in Hartlepool, to take a group of its autistic pupils on a four-day trip to Flamingo Land in June.
Life-long Pools fan Dave painted the picture digitally – using an iPad app which allows the user to mix colours and blend just as though they were using real paints on paper and it took him seven hours to complete.
He offered to do the portrait after seeing all of the hard work the organisers of the Pools celebration night were putting in, and wanted to do his bit to help out.
“I just offered to do the painting of Ronnie as one of the raffle prizes on the night to raise a bit more money,” said Dave, who works as an art teacher at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool. “I did the painting digitally on an iPad and it’s just like drawing on a canvas, but using a different media. I printed the image out on a canvas, and had one done for Ronnie as well.
“I’m chuffed to bits with it. I love it, it’s one of the best things I’ve done, and it’s doubly great to have been able to raise some money with it for such a worthy cause as well.”
Dave, who has supported his home town team as a kid and has “religiously” attended games since 1997, is no stranger to painting portraits though, as he has previously completed excellent works of Pools players Anthony Sweeney and Scott Fenwick, and also renowned Hartlepool United fan and Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling.
He also used to draw the Angus Antics cartoons for the Pools website.