Charity Auction – What a Success
by Sarah Preece
We hosted our first and only charity auction on Saturday and it was a massive amount of bidding war fun.
A couple of months back we had a workshop move about and soon discovered Sustainable Kitchens is a massive hoarder. We had huge amounts of old stock to clear, as well as scraps of wood from many kitchen projects gone by- some far too large to fit in our warehouse heating system. So, we got to work, set a date for the auction, found a worthy cause to donate to and started planning for a day of selling to clear.
The cause we chose for our donations is a project that is hoping to bring a woodworking workshop to the children of Sheepscombe Primary School. Teaching primary school children the basics and getting them outside and interested is invaluable, so we hope our contribution will help them achieve this.
The day itself bumbled along incredibly smoothly. A great number of staff showed up to chip in their efforts and these ranged from bake-sale contributions to incredible auctioneer hidden talents. The cakes and bakes looked delightful and we made a nice little side pot from their sales. The children were lamisil over the counter having a jolly time playing with our mini kitchen and the colouring books were getting a splash from the felt tips. Once the teas and snacks were settled, everyone had noted down their favourites and we moved along to the auction. We learnt a lot of lessons during this process and it was certainly adrenaline pumping. One of our designers Jess made a number of bids against herself, I think eventually understanding the underlining principles of the auction – no need for that 🙂 Wendy Shaw, mother of our Director Sam and workshop manager Jake was the most enthusiastic bidder of the day, going home with a car full and having to return for more.. Well shopped Wendy!
We wrapped up the auction with some final knickknacks, the children finished their colouring and people started to leave with grinning faces and slimmer wallets. We’re still counting our final contributions and final total will be announced soon, but currently we stand at… Drum roll please.. £1980.00
Sheepscombe will be delighted with this contribution and we all had a a fantastic day!
To have a look at what was on offer please see the event page here.