National charity Willow, who work with seriously ill young adults, have commissioned canvases of Britain’s top sporting heroes to be sold at auction in September.

National charity Willow, who work with seriously ill young adults, have commissioned canvases of Britain’s top sporting heroes to be sold at auction in September.

Ian Poulter and Justin Rose are amongst the sporting heroes that have been immortalised on canvas for the auction from September 4 to 14.

Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

The artworks will be on show at a public exhibition, September 9 & 10 at Bonhams, London W1.

Britain’s top sporting heroes Mo Farah; Lewis Hamilton; AP McCoy; Theo Walcott; Steven Gerrard; Wayne Rooney; Andy Murray; Sir Bradley Wiggins; Sir Ben Ainslie; Ian Poulter; Justin Rose; Hannah Cockroft and Christine Ohuruogu have all taken part in Sportwaves.

The collection depicts a fine art portrait of the sportsmen in action, combined with a digital soundwave of the moment captured.

Each original artwork has been signed by the sporting great and will available to view at the public exhibition, and to bid for online in the charity auction.

The artwork is available to view now at sportwaves.org

Each piece has been created by artist Rob Highton, whose stunning work includes paintings of sporting heroes, music and popular culture, and Tim Wakefield, a new media artist whose work features the exuberant infusion of digital sound waves with paintings.

AP McCoy said of his artwork, “What a fantastic image of the moment I won the 2010 Grand National – really fantastic.

“To have captured both the image on the horse, as well as memories of the sound on the day is amazing.

“It means a lot to me to support to a charity that helps people my age at a time when they’re unwell.”

To date Willow has provided more than 10,000 Special Days for people living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington’s, amongst other conditions.

These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing.