Friday 9th July, 2010

Auction of promises raises £14,000

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An auction of promises in aid of Romsey Mill has raised almost £14,000.

The event, part of the charity’s 30th birthday celebrations, took place on 9th July in the Old Library at Emmanuel College. Lady Caro Wilson, a patron of Romsey Mill, and her husband, Lord Richard Wilson, Master of Emmanuel, kindly hosted the event, which saw over eighty guests enjoying food and entertainment, and bidding furiously for forty lots, which quickly fell under the gavel.

The highest bidding went on a pair of Grandstand seats at Lord’s cricket ground that sold for £1100, and lots also included such diverse treats as the services of a Romsey Mill gardening team, B&B accommodation in Sydney, Australia, a rooftop tour of King’s College and many other attractive offers, gifted by numerous generous donors.

Commenting on the evening, Neil Perry, chief executive officer of Romsey Mill, said: “We are thrilled to have raised this great amount for our charity, and are really grateful to so many people for making the event such a success.”

Auction guests gained insight into the work of Romsey Mill, hearing from some of the young people who take part in its services and watching a recently produced film about the charity.

Vera Schuster-Beesley, a trustee at Romsey Mill and one of the organisers of the event, said: “It was a really worthwhile evening, made possible by the support of those who gave and bought so generously, and the generosity of Emmanuel College.”