West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau Charity Promises Auction raises £13,000
Around £13,000 was raised on Friday evening at West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau Gala Dinner and Charity Promises Auction, through a combination of auction lots, donations, sponsorship and raffle tickets. Many individuals, local firms and Cokethorpe School, recognising the good work in the community being done by the CAB, supported the event by donating lots or through sponsorship.
The CAB was overwhelmed by the generosity of those giving promise lots and the diners who bid and contributed so handsomely to the Charity's coffers. About 130 people attended.
The top lots coming under the hammer of Auctioneer John Bond-Smith, under the watchful eye of the Mayor of Witney, Lord Hurd of Westwell and organiser Roland Cullum, were a limited edition Picasso Lithograph (donated by Meller Merceux) @ £1,500, a nude drawing by Augustus John (donated by Edward Marnier) @ £1,250 and 'Roar and Snore with the Animals' (donated by the Cotswold Wildlife Park) @ £750.
Other lots included motorsports activity, fly fishing, a holiday apartment in France and wool weaving.
One of the more unusual items was scale model of HMS Victory, painstakingly built and donated by local man Tobias Marnier. This was sold for £550.
At the event WOCAB Chief executive Barbara Shaw said "I'm thrilled at the number of people who have turned out to support us. This is a welcome boost to funds needed to maintain CAB services in West Oxfordshire, from our bureaux in Chipping Norton and Witney, as well as our rural home visiting service."
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