Swindon auction for children's charities to go ahead

By Barrie Hudson - 14 August 2020

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A charity art auction in aid of two children's charities will be held on Tuesday, 18 August at the Old Town Bowl.

  • Jeremy Holt, centre, with fellow organisers of the covid-compliant auction

    Jeremy Holt, centre, with fellow organisers of the covid-compliant auction

Proceeds from the fundraising sale at the Town Gardens venue, specially designed for social distancing, will be divided between the NSPCC and CALM - Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Movement.

The auction was originally planned to take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in March, but the pandemic intervened.

Tuesday's rescheduled event will begin at 6pm, with entry costing £5, and those present will include Mayor of Swindon Coun Garry Perkins.

The event has been organised by a local fundraising group, Swindon Business Cares for Children, which has raised an estimated £800,000 over the last 20 years.

Group member Jeremy Holt said: “This is going to be an incredible evening. 

“We will be auctioning 30 artworks which have all been generously donated by local and national artists including David Gentleman and Emma Stibbon. 

“The auction will take place outside to make it easier to be covid-compliant.  There will be other entertainments and a raffle.”

Other measures ensuring covid-compliance will include sanitation stations, a one-way system and social bubbles.

Funds raised by the auction will help support vital services provided to children, young people and their families in Swindon, such as Letting the Future in, Seeking Solutions and Pregnancy in Mind.

NSPCC Supporter Fundraising Manager Caroline Morgan said: “We are very grateful Jeremy and his fellow organisers have found a way to hold this fantastic event in a safe and socially-distanced way.

“Not only will the event go to helping two much needed charities - people will be able to relax and enjoy a wonderful evening in the knowledge they are safe and being looked after.

“The organisers have thought of everything and the Old Town Bowl is a very special place.

“Why not come along, have a great evening and maybe go home with a beautiful painting, knowing you have helped children in very difficult circumstances.”

Further information about the work of the Swindon Service Centre can be obtained by calling 01793 683100 or emailing nspccswindon@nspcc.org.uk

Tickets can be booked at https://www.swindonsummerbowl.co.uk/tickets and most of the artworks can be seen at https://charityartauction.yolasite.com/

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