A GLITTERING charity auction has raised £1,275 for the We Love Lichfield fund.
The event at Swinfen Hall Hotel on Tuesday, August 7, celebrated the first anniversary of J’AIME magazine and saw local auctioneer Richard Winterton take the rostrum with a relish.
Five superb lots were on offer. Star of the auction was a fantastic package for four tickets for the British GT race at Donington Park on September 23, courtesy of J’AIME’s motors expert Martin Plowman, who will be racing on the day.
A bonus hospitality package was also included and the lot went on to raise £570 on the night.
Two tickets to a Sauce Supper Club pop-up restaurant event – a tasting menu hosted by a top chef, usually at a Lichfield venue – plus a signed menu and a meet-and-greet with the chef on the evening, courtesy of Sauce founders Beth and Jon Toovey made £380.
A motor racing simulator experience for two, courtesy of Symdeck, raised £130.
A pair of silver, diamond and ruby earrings courtesy of Allen Brown Jewellery, fetched £95 and a signed photograph taken by the late Lord Lichfield, courtesy of Simon Price, raised £100.
Mr Winterton, pictured above during the auction, said: “I went to the last We Love Lichfield ceremony giving out the latest round of grants and it was just amazing to see the smiles on people’s faces signifying what these grants mean to each and every charity. It is just wonderful and we support the fund wholeheartedly. I was delighted to see if we could raise a bit more with a special auction.”
Simon Price, Patron of We Love Lichfield said: “Thanks to all for raising an amazing amount in just a few moments. Thanks to Richard Winterton for compering and to Allen Brown, Sauce Supper Club, Symdeck and Martin Plowman for gifting the prizes. An a happy first anniversary to J’aime and a thanks on behalf of We Love Lichfield.”
We Love Lichfield’s (L-R) John Heeler, Simon Price and Julian Fisher with J’aime Editor Amy Norbury