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By Heart of England Mencap, Nov 21 2017 11:02AM

Castle Galleries donates star lot!

THE ORGANISERS of a charity auction are hoping to ‘score’ big thanks to a star lot which has been donated to the cause by a local gallery.

Castle Galleries in Stratford has generously given Heart of England Mencap a limited edition photograph of Pele – footballer of the century – to go under the gavel at its auction this weekend.

It’s a lot worth more than £500 having been signed by the man himself. It’s also accompanied by a special Pele book.

The auction takes place in Leamington on Saturday (November 25th) – all to raise money for Heart of England Mencap and the local people with learning disabilities which the charity supports.

Proceeds will be used to purchase sensory equipment for Heart of England Mencap’s Complex Needs Centres, including the Fordsfield Centre in Leamington, where the auction itself will take place.

Equipment will also be purchased for Brookbank in Stratford, where auction organiser George Anderton works.

George – a keen auction-goer – was approached by Castle Galleries with the amazing donation.

Gallery Manager Jason Lawson said: “We have known George for many years and we’re delighted to be supporting this auction for such a worthwhile cause.”

The auction has also received the support of Warwick Castle, the RSC and Stratford ArtsHouse, all donating tickets, as well as members of the public taking the chance to have a clear out for charity or donating promises – from help with the ironing to washing cars.

“We have had such amazing support and we can’t thank Castle Galleries - and everyone else who has been in touch to support us - enough,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“Now we just need as many people as possible to come along on the day and get bidding for some really amazing lots!”

The auction is happening at the Fordsfield Centre in Bury Road, Leamington this Saturday (November 25th). Viewing starts at 11am on the day, with the first lots going under the gavel from 12pm.

Auction paddles cost just £1, with hot drinks and bacon or veggie baps also available.

Hoping to score big – Di Yeoman, Media and Marketing Officer for Heart of England Mencap with auction organiser George Anderton (back left) and Jason Lawson, Manager of Castle Galleries. They are pictured with the limited edition Pele photograph and book.


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