Sunday, 7 February 2010

Diary Date : Charity Auction Thursday 16th September - SPONSORED BY BELGRAVE HOTEL

Dear Neighbours

Planning has already begun for this year's Charity Auction!
We are so thrilled that Belgrave Hotel has agreed to sponsor the event.

After last year's huge success,
we are looking to build this year's Auction into something even more splendid.

Once we have secured at least 100 Secret Santa parcels, and the Art School bursary, for another year,
thoughts are turning toward the needy elderly at Christmastime,
so there is even more reason to support this year's Charity Auction.

That can be by way of either donations of artwork, jewellery, pledges and promises, etc
or volunteering to work with the Charity Auction sub-group.
Be in touch and we'll let you know times and dates of our gatherings.

Best wishes
Cathy Preece
KA Administrative Assistant

A reminder from our recent newsletter:
The fifth Charity Auction held at the City & Guilds of London Art School in September was a huge success raising a whopping £4,080 to provide 102 Secret Santa shopping vouchers of £40 each.  These were distributed by Charmaine Clarke at the Ethelred Nursery School and Children’s Centre who told us “Many families struggle at this time of year financially and emotionally.  This gift gave them an extra lift and the feeling that someone cared for them.”  Another £1,720 was donated to the bursary of the art school to assist students needing financial support.  Special thanks to all the volunteers, especially our auction coordinator Catey Hillier, and Andrew Connolly who pulled the catalogue together with super speed!  Thanks also to those who ran the bar and assisted on the night and to all who donated work to go under the hammer.  Our local business pledges and promises were especially welcome!  Three figure bids, for example, were made for champagne dinners at local eateries - the new Amici Restaurant and the Lobster Pot, as well as pledges and donations from Cotton Tree Interior Designers, Cam Pharmacy, South London Pacific, Tesco and Alford House Club Members Fund. We are thrilled that Pauline Amphlett has bravely agreed to coordinate the next Charity Auction on Thursday, 16th September sponsored by Belgrave Hotel.

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