Gers star’s pics will help charity

Artist Helen Runciman with Brian Laudrup painting and Yvonne Dickson.

Artist Helen Runciman with Brian Laudrup painting and Yvonne Dickson.

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Brian Laudrup lit up Scottish football in the 1990s with his dazzling performances.

And now a portrait of the famous ex-Rangers player has helped a charity supporting blood cancer patients.

Denny artist Helen Runciman has produced a series of prints of the Dane at the peak of his Ibrox career – and has chosen to donate the profits of each one sold to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

She said: “Brian was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, and I thought this would be a great way of raising awareness of the condition.

“He’s since made a full recovery, but hopefully the funds raised from the print sales will help others that are still fighting it.”

Helen has been painting professionally for more than 20 years and has produced a range of works including watercolour landscapes.

The 52-year-old shares a studio in Winchester Avenue with her partner Bob, who also paints full-time.

She has produced a series of portraits of legendary Rangers players including Davie Cooper, Jorg Albertz and Bobby Shearer.

Helen added: “The other Rangers portraits have helped raise money for other charities.

“I was keen to do one of Brian. He was known as the ‘Great Dane’ during his time at Ibrox, such was the impact he had.”

Yvonne Dickson, of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “We are delighted that Helen’s prints of Brian Laudrup are proving so popular.

“Fans across the country are not only buying artwork they can treasure forever, they are also helping our charity provide vital, life-saving research into better treatments and cures for blood cancer patients in Scotland.”

The limited edition prints are priced £120 and can be reserved by visiting www.grailpr.com/sportingart.

For more information about Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, visit www.bloodcancers.org