Antiques guru Eric Knowles hosts charity auction event

Eric Knowles, left, and Jo Wright, from Lloyds

Eric Knowles, left, and Jo Wright, from Lloyds

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ANTIQUES Roadshow celebrity Eric Knowles was guest speaker at a Lloyds TSB charity auction dinner.

Eric also acted as auctioneer for the evening, holding a mini version of the famous show.

Margaret Simpson, chief executive, Hospice and Mandy Castle

Margaret Simpson, chief executive, Hospice and Mandy Castle

Guests were invited to bring along their own items for valuation by the expert.

More than 65 people attended the event at Portofino bidding for items donated by many local businesses to help raise funds for the charity Rebecca House - the children’s hospice.

Jo Wright, senior manager for personal banking at Lloyds TSB, said: ‘As our Premier Banking service is known for providing a personal service, we were keen to secure a well-known speaker for this event.

‘Through raising funds and awareness for Rebecca House, we hope to contribute to the further development of its facilities so as to continue the excellent palliative care it has provided for the past few years.

‘We’re extremely pleased with the turnout, and wish to thank everyone who contributed to the total of £5,000 that will go towards the Hospice in the Isle of Man.’

Chief executive for Hospice Isle of Man Margaret Simpson said: ‘It was great to be the chosen charity for this high profile event.

‘The amount raised on this evening is a big help towards funding the future of our children’s hospice Rebecca House.

‘We would like to thank Lloyds TSB, participating companies and guests for being involved in this event.’

Lloyds TSB would like to thank to The Isle of Man Astronomical Society, Manx2, Sleepwell Hotels, Longville Manor Jersey, Tim Croft at Paddy’s Fish Market, The Boston Charitable Foundation, Heath Craig from the Vineyard, corporate IT services provider Skanco who each donated a prize for the evening’s auction and Mario and the team at Portofino Restaurant for their support.

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