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Newspapers and TV support Highland charity's multi-venue auction

Newspapers and TV support Highland charity's multi-venue auction

The Highland Hospice’s Grand Auction will take place first online and then at four venues, combining support from local TV, newspapers and online companies.

The Highland Hospice’s Grand Auction will take place on 2 November starting online. Readers of Highland News group newspapers and visitors to www.Hi-lands.com will be able to bid for all the lots two weeks in advance. The north of Scotland business journal Executive Magazine will also carry details of the lots.

The highest advance bids will then be carried forward to the day itself. Bidding for most lots will conclude at a public event in the afternoon linking bidders in three venues by telephone – in Inverness , Fort William and Thurso. In the evening bidding for a few high value lots will conclude at a special £50-a-head dinner and Highland ceilidh at the Newton Hotel in Nairn.

Around 150 lots are on offer including:

  • The Neva Egg designed by Sarah Faberge for The St Petersburg Collection. Sarah is the great-grand-daughter of Carl Faberge, the famed designer to the Tsars of Russia.
  • Dinosaur footprints from Skye, from Coelophysis, the first dinosaur found in Scotland
  • A walk-on part in TV detective series Taggart
  • A week’s hind stalking on the Duke of Westminster’s Estate in the Highlands

The Grand Auction has been organised with the assistance of a Steering Group of business leaders and in partnership with Grampian Television and Highland News.

Martin Edwards, Fundraising & Finance Director of the Inverness-based Hospice, said: “We are aiming to raise £120,000 for the appeal from this unique event involving newspapers, TV, the internet and four venues.”

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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