A BASINGSTOKE artist is giving all the proceeds from his recently released book to St Michael’s Hospice.

David Charsley’s book, Travels with my Sketchbook: holidays, work and Christmas, features sketches and watercolours that David has produced over the last 50 years and is available online from all major book sellers.

Many of the illustrations in David’s book feature places that are familiar to Basingstoke residents. This includes snowy scenes of The Golden Lion pub and Alresford High Street.

Although the book has only been out for a few weeks, it has already raised over £1,300 for the hospice.

David was involved with the hospice in its earliest days when he joined as an executive officer in February 1991 to coordinate the various events and fundraising activities.

David stayed in that role for three years before moving on to new fundraising challenges.

“We were working in two offices in the maternity unit at the hospital,” he said, while recalling his mission.

“The team comprised two volunteer secretaries, an ex-bank manager, a collection tin volunteer and other Rotarians that Alan Turner had press-ganged into giving their time and expertise.

“The whole exercise was completed in three years. So from cutting the first turf to the official opening, the pace was frenetic. The community responded to every facet along the way.

“Whilst I had fundraised previously for both the Lions Club and Rotary, this appointment opened up a whole new career in attracting income for charities. Consequently, this is an opportunity to repay that experience.”

Jill Livermore, marketing manager of the hospice, said the institution is delighted that David has chosen to support them again all these years later.

“This is such a wonderful and unique way to support the hospice and the book is filled with so many beautiful and touching sketches.

“We are very grateful to David for his support and although the book has only been out for a few weeks it has already raised over £1,300.”