John Pye Auctions, backed by celebrities, professional athletes, sports clubs and businesses alike, has held three charity auctions online in the last four months from when the Covid-19 lockdown started.
The combined total has generated £70,485 and smashed the company’s aim of raising £50,000 for the entire year.
Local charity Falkirk Homeless Project is among those to benefit from a share of the cash.
A range of incredible donors - including Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Great British Bake-Off judge Prue Leith and international cricket legend Stuart Broad - have all donated signed memorabilia lots for the events, with many sports clubs and businesses also donating some incredible items and unique experiences.
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Some of the star lots from across the auctions include a Good Omen’s poster signed by Michael Sheen and David Tennant, which raised an amazing £3100, alongside a British Moto GP paddock and hospitality package that gathered £1450 and a very hotly-contested hospitality package for next summer’s Lord’s Test between England and India, which drew a bid of £3300.
Adam Pye, managing director at John Pye, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the total amount raised as it will do a lot of good for hard hit communities across the UK. There has
been an overwhelming amount of support and we’re incredibly grateful to all the individuals and businesses that generously donated items and experiences.”
The impressive total has been donated following each auction to a wide range of charities across the UK, each with the aim of making a difference to the local community.
The charities include national charity FareShare, Macmillan Cancer Support, Ashgate Hospice, Fairplay, Falkirk Homeless Project, Llamau, Thrive Women’s Aid, Who Dares Cares, the Trent Bridge Community Trust, the Nottingham branch of Guru Nanak’s mission and The Robin Hood Fund.
Adam added: “We’re delighted to have helped so many charities across the UK during what has been a difficult time for many.
"We’re hoping to hold more charity auctions this year to help further smash our targets, in particular another sport focused auction, so we are looking for sports clubs and organisations to get involved. If this sounds of interest, then please get in touch.”
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