Telford duck presentation to Abraham Darby School pupil

It was a double bill for a Shropshire finance company as budding artist Ellie Perks was presented with a miniature duck that she designed for Telford’s Let’s Go Quackers art trail.

Ellie’s design was chosen out of 700 entrants and turned into a giant creation which was on display with nine other colourful ducks in Ironbridge and Southwater.

The duck then found its way into the office of Pensionlite after the company’s directors won it in a charity auction organised by local resident Julie Ward.

Pensionlite managing director Mike Shaw said: “Sadly company founder Andy Hawthorne passed away recently and his funeral was the day of the auction.

“Myself and two of the other directors decided it would be fitting to bid on one of the ducks.

“We had seen the duck called C-Ellie Brate and straight away knew it would be something that Andy would have appreciated.

“Andy did a lot for local charities and we felt it was a fitting way to celebrate his life as well as bring a smile to those in the office.”

Ellie, an Abraham Darby Academy pupil, was joined by her proud mum and art teacher as well as representatives from the Severn Hospice and Jayne Sargent foundation.

The hugely successful project raised £30,000 for both charities with all ducks finding new homes across the county.

“It’s great that Ellie has something to cherish in years to come and that it can be handed down to future generations,” said Ellie’s mum Emma.

The miniature version was brought to life by artist Traci Moss who donated it to the very worthwhile cause.