December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Beer for a year and the labour of 10 men for a day.
They are just two of the lots due to go under the hammer at a charity auction in Southwold tomorrow.
The event, taking place at Southwold Pavilion is being organised by Fishers Funeral Service to raise funds for the Sole Bay Care Fund and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The 80 lots include several that money cannot buy – a private tour of the Benacre Estate with champagne tea, 10 men for a day’s labour donated by Southwold Rotary Club, a peal of bells at St Edmund’s Church, the use of a beach hut in Southwold, and beer for a year donated by Adnams.
Professional auctioneer Stephen Ardley, of Lowestoft Auction Rooms, has offered his services for the night.
The event has been organised by Jane Lee, funeral arranger at Fishers, with support from her colleague Madeline Grady and funeral director Robert Foat.
She said: “I think beer for a year is going to be quite popular with the men. There is peal of bells from St Edmund’s Church to mark an anniversary or a special event, which is really something money can’t buy.
“The private tour of the Benacre Estate donated by Lady Gooch is also quite special. You couldn’t just ring up and ask to do that.
“We have also got the use of an apartment on the Costa Del Sol for a week donated by our area manager Andy Smith and a pure granite house sign from Abbey Memorials in South Burlingham.
“Cathy Ryan from Sole Bay Care Fund has offered the use of a beach hut for a weekend and the Randolph Hotel in Reydon had donated a beach hut for a week. There is also a Barbour jacket for a man, woman or a child from Collen and Clare and an amber candle holder from the Amber Shop in Southwold.
“The response from people has been absolutely brilliant. Most of the lots have been donated by Southwold businesses and personal contacts. We are really grateful to everybody that has supported us so far.
“We just need people to come and bid and raise lots of money for the two charities.”
Mayor of Southwold, Simon Tobin, will officially open the event at 6.30pm and the auction will start at 7.30pm. A raffle will also be drawn on the night, with prizes including £250-worth of M&S vouchers and a night at the Hoste Arms hotel in Burnham Market.
Admission is free and there will also be a licensed bar.
Fishers Funeral Service area manager Andy Smith, said: “We hope to raise a significant sum for the two causes. The Sole Bay Care Fund provides short-term emergency care, resources and equipment not normally funded by the NHS for Southwold Surgery patients and EACH has to raise £6m each year to deliver its support for children and their families in East Anglia. They are fantastic causes.”
For further information, contact Fishers Funeral Services on 01502 724008.