GoGoHares go under the hammer
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More than £400,000 was raised for charity Break on Thursday night as all 50 of the GoGoHares which have been seen around the county this summer went under the hammer.
Supporters of Break dug deep to put in their bids for the sculptures, which have delighted children and adults alike with their incredible art work.
The highest bidder was Simon Franklin, owner of Shred Station, who brought the Heptahare for £21,500.
The hare - which was sponsored by Dolphin Autos and was unveiled at an event at Norwich Cathedral - is covered with 50 pence pieces and its name is a reference to the seven sides of a 50p coin.
Mr Franklin said: 'Since my little girl was born she's collected 50ps, or I've collected 50ps for her, and as she's now four and one was covered in 50ps and she loved it so I thought why not, I'll buy it for her.'
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Mr Franklin said the sculpture will go in his garden and said Break has always been 'in his heart'.
Helen Vinsen, from Break, said the atmosphere at the auction was 'amazing' and 'electric'.
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Break patron, TV presenter Jake Humphrey, said before the auction: 'It's always hard to know how much we're going to raise on the night, in previous years we're talking about hundreds of thousands of pounds and for a charity the size of Break it's the most important night of the year for us and it has a real impact.
'This sort of money will help change the lives of tens of thousands of young people we work with, vulnerable young people, right across Norfolk and gives us the opportunity to reach more people than ever before and to motivate everyone at the charity.'