Charity auction at Wisbech Grammar School raises more than £4,000 for disaster relief
PUBLISHED: 16:20 09 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 June 2010
From Peter King, Wisbech Grammar School, telephone 01945-583631
A grand charity auction at Wisbech Grammar School has raised more than £4000 to provide shelter for disaster victims around the world.
The event (on Saturday) was organized by members of Holmes house to pay for ShelterBox packs, which are designed to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for people caught up in emergencies, and the £4250 that was raised will buy eight of the packs.
The purpose of the charity, which is run by Rotary International, is to supply shelter, clean water, warmth and the means to cook food, and each box, costing £490, contains a tent for a family of ten, sleeping bags, thermal blankets, a stove, a water purification device, saucepans, plates and cups, together with basic tools to enable homeless people to start rebuilding their lives.
In the autumn term members of the schools four houses were asked to raise funds to pay for four of the boxes in the first ever house charity challenge and the Holmes students have managed to generate enough cash to generate twice as much cash as that on their own.
Auctioneer Mr Neil Leonard, who has worked at Phillips and Sothebys, drummed up a brisk trade with generous donations from local businesses and tourist attractions.
Among the items that came under his hammer were two tickets for an England versus the Barbarians rugby match at Twickenham, a jaunt in a vintage Bentley, a night in a six-star hotel, a tour of the Houses of Parliament with MP Henry Bellingham, two trial flights in a glider and a day on a narrowboat.
The ninety guests enjoyed champagne and canapés and a supper prepared by head of food and nutrition Mrs Alison Sloan and a team of helpers from Holmes house. Musical entertainment was provided by the Holmes band and Mrs Jackie Stonham, from Magdalene House.
A tent, a ShelterBox and all its contents were on display and members of the Priory Rotary Club of Kings Lynn, who launched the appeal at the school, joined in the event.
Miss Jan Wildman, head of Holmes house and the schools charity coordinator, said: I was genuinely thrilled and stunned by the amount we raised in one evening. I am particularly pleased with the members of Holmes house, who worked so hard during the day in preparation and the team of 24 students who turned out for the evening.
A CHARITY auction raised thousands of pounds for disaster victims around the world. The auction at Wisbech Grammar School raised more than £4,000 to provide emergency shelter for people caught in disasters. The school s four houses were asked to raise fun
A CHARITY auction raised thousands of pounds for disaster victims around the world.
The auction at Wisbech Grammar School raised more than £4,000 to provide emergency shelter for people caught in disasters.
The school's four houses were asked to raise funds to pay for four ShelterBoxes, which provide temporary equipment for people who have been displaced.
However students from the Holmes house managed to raise so much cash that the school has been able to buy eight of the packs.
Jan Wildman, head of the Holmes house, said: "I was genuinely thrilled by the amount we raised in one evening.
"I am particularly pleased with the members of Holmes house, who worked so hard during the day in preparation, and the team of 24 students who turned out for the evening."
Each ShelterBox costs £490 and contains a tent for a family of 10, as well as sleeping bags, thermal blankets, a stove, saucepans and a water purification device.
The school raised £4,250 in total after auctioning items such as tickets for an England rugby match, a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a drive in a vintage Bentley.
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