Online charity auction boosts EACH funds
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Thousands of pounds have been raised for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) following the success of an inaugural online auction.
Officials from the children's charity, which has the Duchess of Cambridge as its patron, are celebrating after a virtual sale finished at the weekend and generated £16,508.
The auction featured a bracelet created for The Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate the birth of Prince George, a Louis Vuitton Pudsey bag and an exclusive tour to meet Frankel the world's greatest racehorse.
The auction was organised by the EACH special events committee, and took place from November 15 until November 24.
It saw 125 people registering and bidding for a total of 45 lots which included tickets to a sell-out One Direction concert, a VIP trip to the Bentley Factory in Crewe, a Fortnum and Mason behind the scenes experience and a unique Royal Worcester Plate created for EACH in celebration of Prince George's birth.
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The highest priced lot was the Theo Fennell bracelet raising £3,050, followed by the Louis Vuitton Pudsey bag at £2,150 and the Frankel tour, which went for £1,560, was the most fiercely contested lot with 88 bid exchanges.
Other lots included a framed signed Wayne Rooney Manchester United shirt, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour tickets with accommodation at the Hilton Wembley, The Tiff Needell Experience at Thruxton Racing circuit, a corporate box at Brands Hatch and the opportunity to watch the Ipswich Town Football Club squad train and then have lunch with the Manager and players.
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Camilla Haycock, EACH fundraising development manager, said: 'We're absolutely delighted with the success of the EACH online auction and would like to thank absolutely everyone who donated an auction lot, helped to organise and support the event or registered and made a bid.'
'All lots were donated free of charge, payment processing by Lacy, Scott and Knight Auctioneers and the hosting by saleroom.com were also free of charge meaning all funds raised will provide care and support to life-threatened children, young people and their families across East Anglia.'
EACH has hospices at Quidenham, near Attleborough, Ipswich and Milton, Cambridgeshire. To find out more about the charity, visit www.each.org.uk