A WINCHESTER artist has raised thousands of pounds for injured servicemen at a charity auction.

Hannah Shergold raised £30,000 at the Invictus Games fundraiser at the Dorchester Hotel in London with her triptych of Invictus inspired art.

The money raised from the auction will aid a team of 72 athletes heading to Sydney for the Invictus Games in October.

A former Lynx helicopter pilot, Hannah’s connection with Prince Harry and her passion for the work of the Invictus Games inspired her to create the three exceptional works which celebrate the work of Invictus and the many people that it helps.

Hosted by Air Vice-Marshal Garry Tunnicliffe on behalf of the UK Invictus Games Partnership Board, the evening saw Hannah paint the final large canvas before it was auctioned off at the end of the evening.

Hannah said: “Having served in the British military and having had close friends wounded and killed in the war in Afghanistan, it is an honour to be invited to paint for such a worthy cause.

“The Invictus Games truly enables and inspires veterans to remain as close to the sporty, competitive, motivated people they always have been, despite some physical limitations.

“In these paintings I have chosen to celebrate the fight for movement.

“The Games bring a passion and energy that I wanted to capture in each piece whilst representing a variety of sports and disciplines.”

Hannah studied veterinary medicine and completed a degree in zoology at Cambridge University before embarking on a military career that saw her serve in Germany, Canada, Kenya and Afghanistan. It was whilst on exercise in Kenya that she began to sketch the varied wildlife around her and following a very successful exhibition there she decided to pursue a career as an artist.