Auction Boost for Local Children's Charity

2nd December 2019

Over £13,000 has been raised for a local charity that offers support to families of children with Down’s syndrome following a fundraising event in Stockbridge.

The black-tie dinner for Andover Twenty-1 was held on Friday 29th November at the Grosvenor Hotel and included an auction of seventeen luxury lots, conducted by Woolley and Wallis Paintings specialist, Victor Fauvelle. The cause is one close to Victor’s heart as his youngest son has the condition, and the evening had been organised by a team including his wife, Anna. Woolley and Wallis also supported the evening with the purchase of tickets for various staff members.

Homeware manufacturers Joseph Joseph were the primary sponsors of the evening, with auction lots provided by a range of local benefactors, including artist Katherine Swinfen Eady, fashion designer, Erdem Moralioglu, and embroidery specialist, Lorna Bateman. Around 90 guests were treated to a three-course meal, took part in a fundraising game of Heads and Tails and participated in a Wishing Tree Raffle, which saw every ticket win a prize. Music was provided by The Cover Girls, who greeted guests on arrival with a medley of 1940s songs.

Andover Twenty-1 was formed in 2015 to offer support and educational services to local families caring for a child with Down’s syndrome. The charity had a fundraising target of £12,000 at the start of the evening and were delighted to exceed that.

“Supporters of Andover Twenty-1 really showed their generosity, especially when it came to the auction,” said Victor. “All of the lots performed well, with one chap even bidding himself up from £100 to £300 when the competition for the lot he wanted dried up early. It’s the first event of its type that the charity has run, but hopefully the success means that it can be repeated.”

For more information on the charity please click here.

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