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Prisoner’s art foundation to support Ashton attack victim
Tuesday 26th July 2016 @ 10:30 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

An art organisation set up in the name of one of Britain’s most notorious prisoners is showing its support for a disabled woman who was attacked at her Ashton home.

The Charles Salvador Art Foundation – established to showcase the art work of convict Charles ‘Charlie’ Bronson turned Salvador – has pledged to list a piece of Charlie’s artwork to raise money for 65-year-old Barbara Dransfield.

Barbara, who is wheelchair bound and has one leg, remains in a coma at North Manchester General Hospital with a fractured skull and multiple facial injuries following the attack at her bungalow in Neal Avenue last week.

She was struck with a baseball bat several times when two masked men used a stone to smash through the back door and demanded cash before her security guard husband Leonard rushed home to her aid.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary last Friday and bailed until August 26 by Greater Manchester Police.

Lorraine Etherington, who founded the Foundation around two years ago, contacted the Reporter after hearing about the incident.

She said: “When I saw the story about Barbara, I knew instantly that Charlie would want us to help. He is very passionate about violence against women or children.

“The art in question is a typical iconic piece from Charlie – an intricate asylum piece. We are hoping to push the £500 mark for the A3 art.

“100 per cent of the proceeds from this sale will be going to Barbara – I’m currently trying to secure a direct contact for her rather than through Facebook.

“Charlie and I try to help as many people and causes as we can, which is why I founded the Foundation – to highlight Charlie’s work as an artist and show through publicity the real person he is.

“Charlie is an artist these days and a really chilled out character. He likes to use his art to help people.”

Salvador, 63, who was born Michael Peterson, is serving a life sentence for robbery and kidnap and has been imprisoned for 41 years.

He officially changed his name for a second time in tribute to Spanish painter Salvador Dali in August 2014 – two months before an auction in Northamptonshire selling some of his artwork and personal items fetched over £30,000.

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