A remarkable total of £110,000 was raised for Stars Appeal at a charity auction hosted by Lord and Lady Pembroke of Wilton House.
The event on Friday 1st July was preceded by a timed online auction hosted by Woolley and Wallis, which kicked off the evening’s total with over £23,000 between lots valued from £50 to £5000. A drinks reception in the Cloisters at Wilton was followed by a live auction in the Double Cube Room, which raised another £22,500. Woolley and Wallis chairman, John Axford, took to the stage to sell seven lots including Wimbledon tickets for £1,800; a Stephen Pettifer bronze sculpture for £6,500; a Banksy copy of Paris Hilton’s CD for £5,000; and a Prada clutch bag belonging to Olivia Colman for £1,200.
Staff members from Stars Appeal were on hand to promote the charity’s mission and work, and guests were extremely generous with donations provided throughout the evening, totalling around another £10,000.
Towards the end of the evening a message came through from an anonymous benefactor that they would match whatever total was reached by the end of the evening, meaning an astonishing overall total of £110,000 raised.
“Incredible generosity was shown for this event; not only by Lord and Lady Pembroke for hosting it, but also the supporters who donated lots and those people who placed bids and left donations,” said John Axford. “It was a real honour for Woolley and Wallis to be involved in an event like this and I’m delighted that it has produced such an incredible result for a charity as important as Stars Appeal.”