Hospitals are always in need of donations to carry out everyday functions and deliver special services. There’s none more worthy than the children’s hospitals, who care for our most vulnerable and most precious, day in, day out.

So it was with great pride that I could say YES when I was approached recently to donate a piece in aid of an auction for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the Irish Cancer Society.

I thought of giving a painting or a drawing for auction.

As it happened a voucher for a caricature portrait fetched €400. Fair play to the bidder for giving so generously. I look forward very much to creating a piece she can be very proud of.