Artist Tom Rooth decided to liven up Northcote Road, his local south London street, with a stunning 240-square-foot mural. And his masterstroke? Charging residents and businesses a fee to be painted into it to raise £8,006 for Macmillan.
‘There was a big wall with flaking paint opposite my local pub and I really wanted to do something with it, so the idea of a mural started to generate. My ‘Eureka!’ moment was coming up with the idea to immortalise the community in it.
‘It took a week to draw out the mural, followed by 28 days of pure painting. I did it over the summer and the weather was amazing, as was the atmosphere – the locals were so supportive.
‘More than 400 people feature in the mural and many are children. I love the idea that they will be able to point themselves out to their families when they walk past in years to come.
‘Everything about the experience was rewarding. It was great painting and eating fish and chips on the scaffolding while the sun was setting, and it was amazing knowing I was raising money for people affected by cancer.’