Charity auction as Aldingbourne Trust marks 35th anniversary

Some of the lots on offer
Some of the lots on offer

WELL over £5,000 was raised at a celebration auction for the Aldingbourne Trust.

The collection of lots was organised as one of the events to mark the charity’s 35th anniversary.

The superb night of fundraising last Friday at Boxgrove Village Hall saw £5,761.60 raised, to delight the trust’s members.

Michelle McKinley Bell, the trust’s enterprise and development manager, said: “We really appreciated everyone’s support.

“We had a lot of fun, raised awareness of the trust and raised a fantastic amount of money towards our £4m fundraising appeal. It was the perfect way to celebrate the trust’s 35th anniversary.”

The auction contained a range of tempting lots. They included tours around the Amex stadium in Brighton, family photoshoots, signed Downton Abbey books and holiday breaks.

A ‘wheelbarrow of booze’ got the room buzzing as two bidders fought for the 74 bottles of wine.

A silent auction also added to the fun. The trust has thanked its staff, volunteers and auctioneer Ken Wheeler for their hard work on the night and in the build-up to the event.

The appeal’s aim is to raise money to develop facilities at the trust’s main site of Aldingbourne Country Centre to ensure the trust becomes more self-sufficient to continue to help adults with learning disabilities.