KIND-HEARTED local businesses came together alongside residents fighting to keep acute services at Stafford Hospital for a silent auction, raising nearly a thousand pounds for the campaign’s coffers.
The fundraising scheme took place over a three-week period and saw regular visitors to the Support Stafford Hospital campaign shop in the Guildhall Shopping Centre submit written bids for a range of luxury items donated by a host of generous Stafford businesses.
The top lot, provided by the The Lewis Partnership was the opportunity to cook a gourmet three-course meal at The Moat House in Acton Trussell under the guidance of award-winning chef Matt Davies, for the winner and five friends.
Other lots included an HD TV from The Calibration Centre on Grey Friars Way, a riding lesson at Ingestre Stables, a portrait sitting at Peter Rogers on Mill Street, A three-course Christmas meal for four at the Barley Mow in Milford, two tickets for the Rock and Roll Panto at The Gatehouse, a £50 voucher for the Francesco Group, a climbing or Archery taster session for four people at Wolf Mountain, a Family day ticket for Shugborough in 2014, a tour of the House of Commons and afternoon tea for two with Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy, a collectable card game gift pack from Stafford Games and a host of other items including theatre tickets, wine, jams and chutney, beauty treatments and much more.
Imogen Bentley who organised the auction told the Newsletter she was ‘hugely grateful’ for the kind donations and support shown by local businesses and residents who had given their time and money to support the effort.
“We raised more than £800 towards the campaigns fighting fund,” she said. “This is so important to the local community and it really was heart-warming to see the way they pulled together to make this happen.”