26 June 2020

Quentin has been working with London-based charity, NHS-OS, to design a new range of mugs to raise money for NHS Charities Together.  After being contacted about the idea by NHS-OS, a charity initiative set up by a North London couple, he gave permission for the three of his ten striking rainbow designs to be printed on these mugs.

The rainbow has become a symbol of solidarity throughout the pandemic.  Available in three beautiful designs painted by Sir Quentin during lockdown, the NHS rainbow mugs feature these beautiful works in his unique style.   Supporters can choose from the 'Rainbow Hat', 'Dog Kennel', or 'Children on Plates' designs (pictured above).

With 100% of all profits going to NHS Charities Together, this project allows buyers show their support for the NHS and its incredible staff, as well as helping fund pioneering research and the purchase of medical equipment and helping patients to access the best possible care when they need it most.  NHS Charities Together has set itself a fundraising target of £100 million to help achieve these aims, which ventures like these mugs - and the auction of Quentin's 10 original artworks which took place at Bonhams in May - will help to meet.

Quentin said: “The Rainbows seem to be doing a lot of travelling and I’m extremely pleased that they’ve found their way onto the side of these mugs to benefit the NHS.”

Beverley Calvert of NHS-OS said: “As lockdown eases, and many return to work, what better way to show our friends and colleagues that we supported the NHS, than by toasting them with a cup of tea or coffee each and every day, and with that iconic symbol on the side of our mug for all to see, knowing we donated in solidarity.”

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together said, “I grew up with Roald Dahl and Sir Quentin’s illustrations and I love these mugs to bits, so this is an incredible fundraising initiative. You get to own a lovely piece of art and raise money to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients at the same time. Buy one as a thank you for someone who has been there for you during the pandemic, then join the rest of the nation for a collective moment of thanks on the NHS’s birthday on Sunday 5 July.”

Fashion retailer, SkinnydipLondon is facilitating all selling and distribution on a not-for-profit basis with 100% of all profits being donated to NHS Charities Together. The team has created a page where people will be able to purchase an NHS Rainbow mug for £20: http://www.skinnydiplondon.com/nhs, including delivery and VAT. These wonderful mugs are made in the UK by McLaggan from fine white bone china.