Shirt signed by World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst among Phoenix Enterprises charity auction lots

By Barrie Hudson - 24 November 2022

  • Some of the Phoenix Enterprises team

    Some of the Phoenix Enterprises team

South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland has named Phoenix Enterprises as his charity of the week as the organisation marks its 20th anniversary.

  • A shirt signed by England legend Sir Geoff Hurst is among the fundraising auction lots

    A shirt signed by England legend Sir Geoff Hurst is among the fundraising auction lots

Founded in 2002, Phoenix Enterprises is both a charity and a social enterprise, and each year supports about 100 adults with mental health issues, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
Its latest fundraising initiative is an online auction with many exciting prizes on offer, and which runs until 5pm tomorrow - Friday, 25 November. Bids can be placed via
The 20 prizes, marking 20 years, include a football shirt signed by England 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst and bottles of House of Commons claret signed by the Prime Minister.
Phoenix Enterprises CEO Clare McDougall said: “Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next challenge (a bungee jump), are after a relaxing break (a weekend break in a beautiful Cotswold Lakes House) or are ready to start your Christmas shopping, you’re bound to find something that appeals. I urge you to make a bid – we need all the help we can get in these tough economic times.”
Sir Robert praised Phoenix Enterprises, saying: "The social enterprise is a supportive and caring community where people work in a structured production environment doing packaging and hand assembly jobs for other businesses. 
"This work experience helps those with less severe issues get into paid work. For more profound challenges, Phoenix provides a safe place to go each day, building a sense of self-worth."
There are many ways in which people can support Phoenix Enterprises, including volunteering, donating, fundraising and by becoming a customer. 
Further information can be obtained by visiting or calling 01793 542321 or 01793 939021.
Phoenix Enterprises is also on Facebook at, Twitter at, Instagram at and LinkedIn at

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