Middlesbrough-born Mackenzie is a proud patron of the North East Autism Society (NEAS) and has used his talents to produce a beautiful collection of gifts ahead of Christmas.

The merchandise was unveiled during a Christmas Market at New Warlands Farm training centre, on Saturday 26th November. 

Launching the merchandise, Mackenzie said:

It’s so exciting for me to help this wonderful charity that is changing lives every day.

In September 2020, NEAS opened a new school – named The Mackenzie Thorpe Centre in the celebrated artist’s

 honour – at South Bank, Middlesbrough. Due to the pandemic, the official opening ceremony was delayed until April this year when 

Mackenzie presented the charity with a stunning original painting, called Welcome To My World, and a copy hangs in the school’s foyer.

“I feel honoured to have my name associated with the truth, honesty, compassion and care that surrounds the North East Autism Society – it is something that keeps me going,” he told a large audience, made up of service-users, staff and families.

Mackenzie previously donated an original painting – Picked With Love – as well as an older piece, called Love Picker, to be used for the benefit of the charity. The artworks, depicting children picking heart-shaped apples, have already been used as the labels on bottles of apple juice and cider, produced by our adults at New Warlands Farm.

Now, those images are also featured on the new range of bespoke merchandise, which includes t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, pin badges, keyrings, pens, greeting cards, and wrapping paper.

NEAS chief executive John Phillipson said:

Mackenzie has been so incredibly generous with his time and his talent in producing merchandise that is truly exceptional.
It’s no exaggeration to say that every single item is a work of art – and every penny raised will go towards the caring services we provide for autistic and neurodiverse people and their families across the North-East. We can’t thank Mackenzie enough for his kindness.

The Christmas Fair raised £3,508.60 and Mackenzie – accompanied by his wife, Susan – was joined by fellow patrons, North-East television legend, Pam Royle, respected business leader Bob Cuffe, and journalist Peter Barron.

View the range of merchandise on our online shop.