Mackenzie’s artwork ‘All Together’ raises funds for charities at Mayor’s fundraising ball

Mackenzie Thorpe’s original painting, ‘All Together,’ stands as a testament to the artist’s unwavering commitment to philanthropy and his ability to overcome unforeseen challenges.

Fate took an unexpected turn when Mackenzie’s studio fell victim to a destructive flood. The very piece he had poured his heart and soul into, which was the piece to be auctioned off in support of two charities in the North, was not spared from the deluge.

True to his resilient spirit, Mackenzie decided to turn this tragedy into an opportunity to make a positive impact. Undeterred by the loss of the original piece, he embarked on the challenging journey of recreating ‘All Together’.

Despite the initial setback, the recreated ‘All Together’ made its way to auction at the North-East mayor’s fundraising ball and was bought by prominent Teesside businessman Bill Scott, with the proceeds being split between the North East Autism Society and Eastern Ravens. They are the chosen charities of Stockton-on-Tees Mayor, Councillor Jim Beall, who staged the ball at Wynyard Hall.

The Symbolism of ‘All Together’: Beyond its charitable impact, ‘All Together’ holds a deeper meaning in its symbolism. Thorpe’s creation reminds us of the strength found in unity and the beauty that emerges when individuals come together for a common cause. The vibrant colours and emotive strokes speak to the shared human experience, transcending boundaries and fostering a sense of connection.

Mackenzie, who is a patron of the North East Autism Society, said:

“It’s always challenging to stand in front of an audience and try to raise money for charity by selling a piece of art, but I was totally humbled by the reaction. On behalf of myself and the charities, I want to say a
big thank you to Bill and the other bidders.”

John Phillipson, chief executive of the North East Autism Society, said:

“Whenever Mackenzie speaks to an audience, he moves them with his passion, and inspires them to be
proud of their area. “He has a rare gift, not just as an artist but as a speaker, and it’s fantastic that he’s raised
such a fabulous amount of money for two charities. Eastern Ravens does a wonderful job in
supporting disadvantaged children, and it’s a pleasure to share the proceeds of the auction
with them.”

Councillor Beall, who is still calculating the full total raised on the night, added:

“I am overjoyed at the generosity of Mackenzie Thorpe in donating the artwork and so grateful to
Bill Scott and the others who were bidding. It’s a night I’ll never forget.”