Landlords hold charity auction to raise awareness of blood disorder

Gary and Kate Cornthwaite from The Rumburgh Buck with some of the items that will be auctioned to ra

Gary and Kate Cornthwaite from The Rumburgh Buck with some of the items that will be auctioned to raise money for Hughes Syndrome. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The landlords of a village pub are holding an auction of promises to raise awareness of a blood clotting disorder which led to them suffering four miscarriages.

The Rumburgh Buck.

The Rumburgh Buck. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Kate Cornthwaite was celebrating her 30th birthday in September 2009 when she had her first miscarriage, and went on to have three more in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Mrs Cornthwaite runs The Rumburgh Buck with her husband Gary, and after she was diagnosed with Hughes Syndrome - an autoimmune disease which can cause the blood to clot too quickly both in veins and arteries - the pair decided more needed to be done to raise awareness.

Mrs Cornthwaite said: “I had no idea about it until my third miscarriage and they told me the next time I fell pregnant I would need treatment. I was put on a high dose of aspirin and had to inject heparin.

“I was diagnosed with Hughes at St Mary’s Hospital in London, they have been, and still are, looking after us brilliantly. If anybody has or knows anyone that has suffered multiple miscarriages, please ask your GP to test you.”

In pregnancy Hughes Syndrome can cause early or late miscarriage and stillbirth, and at present women are not tested until after three consecutive miscarriages. Treatment of Hughes Syndrome improves the chances of preventing miscarriage from below 20pc to above 80pc.

Their fundraising event started out small as a grand draw at the pub to raise funds for the Hughes Syndrome Foundation, but after friends, family, customers and complete strangers started offering up a host of amazing prizes, they decided to turn it into an auction night too. The event is being held at The Rumburgh Buck in Mill Road next Friday, September 9, with bidding from 8pm.

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Durrants auctioneer Nicholas Rudge will be running the evening, and lots up for grabs include holidays to Austria and France, digger and dumper hire, brewery trips, spa days a homemade cake once a month for six months, sunglasses and more.

Mrs Cornthwaite said: “I was just going to do a raffle, but the response was overwhelming and I got so many prizes that one customer said to me why don’t you turn it into an auction.

“I’ve already raised over £1,000 on my JustGiving page and I have sold £1,500 in tickets for the draw. I never imagined we would get that much.

“We would like to thank all the individuals and businesses who have generously donated prizes.”

Catalogues with all the lots are available at the pub now, and anyone who can’t make the night can bid in advance at the pub. You can also make a donation at

Items up for auction are: a batch of one dozen sausage rolls once a month for three months - Kate Cornthwaite, two one hour tennis lessons with Mark Websdale, eight Ne’Qwa Art Christmas baubles by Kate Mawdsley, unisex Rayban sunglasses - Cecil Amey, three hours fly fishing tuition - Paul Crosbie, a voucher for a 4kg (approx) joint of ham - C.A Palmer and Sons, a day’s pigeon shooting, all equipment supplied - Graham Cox, bottle of Chateau Leoville Barton 2008 - Herne Hill Farm, Makita 18v cordless drill - Karl Lugo Carpentry, a meal for four delivered to your door (within 5 miles of Rumburgh) - Ruth and Chris Harrison, 15kg bag of any product from Skinners complete range - Skinners, lady’s pamper hamper - Diane Rudgel, an ultimate vitamin glow Decleor facial - Beauty at Gingerbread, home cooked Indian meal for up to eight in your own home - Darryl Jones, chocoholics hamper - Joy Baldwin, gardening hamper - Riseborough, grocery hamper - Joy Baldwin, Black and Decker 18v cordless drill - Wates Construction, Winnie the Pooh and friends cross stitch - Melanie King, One day’s hire of a mini digger with operator - Stuart Naunton, 30 minutes of reflexology with Kay Mitchell in Halesworth - Willow Therapies, ½ days walk for up to four people around Minsmere nature reserve with RSPB guide - John Garbutt, a pillion ride on a Harley Davidson Road King with an experienced rider - Ian Byrne, Fifty conventional bales of hay - Chris Maskery

1kg round of Baron Bigod Brie - Fen Farm Dairy, 5-6kg free range bronze turkey for collection from Rumburgh farm for Christmas 2016, service of a Rotary mower - Linstead Garden Machinery, back and shoulder massage in Cratield or at home - Marion Gaze, a men’s Globenfeld watch - Trevor Ling, one dozen decorated cupcakes - Sarah Springhall, a two night camping trip in Rumburgh - Green Haven Holidays, Sunday roast lunch, dessert and a bottle of house wine for four people at The Huntsman and Hounds, Spexhall - David Maskery, guided tour for up to ten of Waveney Mushroom Farm in Flixton - David and Julie Mann, a6’ x 8’ shed - Jordan Fencing, green fee voucher entitling two players to play on the Valley course - Halesworth Golf Club, a day’s labour on a Saturday - Mark Manning, abatch of one dozen scones once a month for three months - Diana Pallant, two hours ironing once a week for two weeks - Sandra Hately, a visit for up to four people to a private tour of the Crompton Military collection including lunch - Bruce Crompton, carpenter/handyman for one day’s labour - Tich Beales, a pint of Barrell and Sellers beer every day for one month - The Rumburgh Buck, A case of Adnams Burgundy - Richard And Nikki Edwards, a case of Spanish Rioja - Richard And Nikki Edwards, a day’s mini digger and dumper hire - Hardman Homes, one night’s midweek stay including breakfast for two at The Crown Hotel, Southwold - Adnams, brewery tour for up to fifteen people at the Mauldons Brewery in Sudbury - Mauldons Brewery, five night stay for your cat at Cratfield Cattery, two original framed paintings depicting seaside scenes - Kate Mawdsley, an hour’s chauffeured limousine ride - Joe London & Chevron Cars, limited edition Jocelyn Galsworthy print entitled “The Waugh Twins at Lords” England v Australia 2001 - Piet and Carole van Dijk, homemade wooden planter - Paul Baldwin, bucket of gardening equipment - P.J. Lee, mixed hamper containing handmade vases, candle holder, coin pendant, a natural 100% wool scarf and plants - Foliar, outdoor mains voltage, double lamp Titan wall light - Wood Electrical, a set of indoor halogen light fittings - Wood Electrical, Five hours GSCE/A Level math tuition - Nick Williams, fish and chips with a glass of wine or a pint of beer for two people at The Lord Nelson, Southwold - Day One Training, visit for two people to the Southwold brewery with a tutored beer tasting session - Adnams, a cricket bat, made with the willow grown by Edgar Watts LTD in the Waveney valley - Three Willows Garden Centre, brewery tour and beer tasting for up to four people at the Barrell And Sellers brewery in St Cross - Martin Barrell and Amanda Sellers, one litre of homemade ice cream - Theresa Hardy, 2016-17 signed Norwich City FC pennant - Norwich City Football Club, a three litre bottle of Chateau Lamartine Cahors 2005 - Imperial Wine Company, Aqua Sana Two Together Spa day at Centre Parcs, Thetford - Neil and Toni Jarrold, a luxury Glamping experience for two adults at Bed Down Glamping, Ilketshall St Margaret - Bed Down Glamping, champagne, three day weekend for two at Oasis Barn, All Saints, South Elmham - Oasis Barn Holidays, Rollo, aged 15 years, will make a cake once a month for six months - Rollo Carless, five night summer retreat for up to five people in a mountain apartment in Saalbach, Austria - Ewan and Monica Saile, Timothy Garden Design will supply five fruit trees within a 10 mile radius of Rumburgh - Tim Carless, one week’s stay in a fully equipped 300 year old village house in Lauzerte, France, for up to six people - Jane Held and Emma Healey.