TO celebrate the opening of its first standalone store in Belfast, Dr. Martens has auctioned off a one-of-a-kind pair of Original 1460 boots to raise money for local charity Cancer Fund for Children.
The boots were customised by Tandragee-based artist Visual Waste – whose work is splashed across the interior of the Corn Market store – and feature Belfast’s Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley.
Renowned for his distinctive stencil-style street art, Visual Waste aka Dean Kane, takes influence from Belfast’s rich social history – including the Ulster punk movement. These themes can be clearly seen reflected in both the artwork installation in-store and the boot design.
The auction, which was part of a VIP launch event for the newly-opened store, was well-attended by Northern Ireland’s top fashion, music and cultural trendsetters. The winning bid raised £200 for the Cancer Fund for Children, where it will be used to help fund practical, financial and emotional support for children, young people and families who are affected by cancer.
Sorcha Chipperfield, Corporate Fundraiser for the charity, said: “Every week in Northern Ireland, three more families will hear the devastating news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. At Cancer Fund for Children, we understand how crushing this diagnosis can be to a family, and that aside from vital medical treatment, there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt through practical support and therapeutic care.
“We’re so grateful to Dr. Martens for supporting us, and helping us to provide a lifeline of support to local children and their families at a time when it is most needed.”
Dr. Martens UK retail marketing manager, Amy Nelson, said: “Dr. Martens is proud to support a charity so close to the city’s heart and it was great to have them there to join in the fun on the night. It was the perfect way to round off our celebrations in Belfast.”