Art sale boosts funds for NSPCC branch

The Beccles branch of the NSPCC have held a charity art auction. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Beccles branch of the NSPCC have held a charity art auction. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

An auction of art has raised over £600 for the Beccles branch of the NSPCC, which formed last year to help vulnerable young people in Suffolk and beyond.

The event was held at Beccles Library last Wednesday, with artwork donated by Michelle Payne from The Upstairs Gallery along with other local artists.

And despite a smaller than expected turn out, the fundraising group were pleased with the amount they raised.

Caroline Topping, chairman of the group, said: “We were disappointed with the numbers as we only had about 20 people who attended.

“But Nicholas Rudge from Durrants who was running the auction created a really good atmosphere and people were bidding against each other.

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“We were pleased with how much we raised, it was more than we expected, and we would like to hold another auction in the future.”

The group, which is part of the North Suffolk branch of the NSPCC, formed in May 2015 and has already raised over £2,000 to help tackle child cruelty in this area.

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The event was sponsored by Beccles-based Quayside Conservatories, which made a donation towards the running of the evening, with refreshments provided by Tesco of Beccles.

The team is hoping to raise even more money this year, and will be taking part in the Beccles Cycle for Life event in May, as well as running stalls at other events.

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