As the World Cup gripped the Nation a selection of World Cup memorabilia; including a 1966 England World Cup Shirt signed by 10 of the Final starting England team, a signed Pele shirt, and a feast of fantastic Original and Signed Limited Edition artwork by Los Angeles based Argentinian Fabian Perez, a Stephen Fry signed tie and props from the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film, singer & song writer Sting and Elvis Costello, along with many more great donations, went under the hammer raising over £14,471 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Quidenham hospice in Norfolk.
The Grand Charity Auction delivered a feast of surprises not just for the local Norfolk community, by also attracting bids from around the UK and overseas in Denmark, Bosnia and the USA.
The Grand Charity Auction in aid of EACH was organised by Russell Baker, Lord Baker of Little Moulton, who lives in Bracon Ash, near Wymondham, with marketing support through Jonty Young who owns Norwich based marketing company Creative Hub Norwich. Barclays Bank and Norwich City Football Club also provided tremendous support for this year’s fundraising event.
One lucky winner Ms Nichola Westlake from Brighton said: “I’m completely overjoyed with winning the Fabian Perez Signed Limited Edition art-piece named ‘The Embrace II’ which was part of Fabian’s latest collection, and even more surprised to get Limited Edition No: 2.”
Lord Baker said: “The online charity auction has proved to be an even bigger success this year and the quality of the donations were outstanding, but of course the bar has now been set quite high for next year’s event which I hope will be even more successful.”
Lord Baker added “Apart from the obvious financial rewards which will help EACH continue their fantastic work, and help aid the impending costs associated with the new Norfolk based hospice construction in the village of Framingham Earl, there is the increased awareness and vision about EACH to the wider National and International communities. I think this year’s auction has gone some way to ensure both a successful funding and awareness campaign.”
Laura Carver, EACH Norfolk Fundraiser, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the events Lord Baker puts on for EACH and the funds raised are fantastic. His continued support and that of the wider community is appreciated by us all as it enables us to continue caring for the children and families in the area who require our support.
EACH is a charity that supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The EACH care teams help children and families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life wherever they wish – in families’ own homes, in the community or at one of the hospices in Quidenham, Ipswich and Milton.
EACH relies on public support for the majority of the income needed to deliver care services, and a 100 per cent reliance on voluntary income for the new hospice. With the purchase of land, building costs and professional fees, the cost of the new hospice is likely to be in the region of £10 million.
EACH will continue to run Quidenham hospice to its current high standards until a new hospice is built.
For further information about East Anglia Children’s Hospices, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, please visit the EACH website.
Registered charity number 1069284.