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Is your dream to drive around in a Morgan for a day, or maybe to own a boxing glove signed by Frank Bruno? Maybe it is to learn to sail or receive a signed shirt from Lewis Hamilton? All these things and more are lots in the upcoming Fun Gala Auction taking place at Brading Haven Yacht Club on Friday 18th October.

The auction is being held to raise funds for St Helens Primary School to enable them to continue providing high-quality education.

Carl Wake, headteacher at St Helens Primary School, says:

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“We have been delighted by the support we’ve had from the local community, who have donated such a wide variety of lots.

“We have received works from well-known local artists like Sue Stitt and Charlotte Hodge Thomas; meals from Hungry Bear, Ganders Restaurant and 33 St Helens; Family tickets to Wonderfest and Tapnell Farm; the chance to commission work from local author Kathryn Rossati or to benefit from the editing services of Elobeid Editorial, among many others!”

“We’ve also got some fantastic celebrity lots, including from Paul Weller, Gary Barlow, Usain Bolt, Sir Geoff Hurst and Lionel Ritchie, which hopefully will pull in the crowds”.

Gary Booth, Chair of Governors, says:

“We are very proud of the quality of teaching and the breadth and richness of the curriculum at St Helens Primary School. We have launched a fund raising initiative to ensure we continue to deliver a high quality education for our children. We hope as many people as possible will come along on the night and support us – it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

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Viewing of lots is from 18:00 and the auction, under the hammer of professional auctioneer Rex Gully, starts at 19:00. Auction catalogues are priced at £5 and can be bought in advance from St Helens Primary School, Brading Haven Yacht Club and St Helens Post Office, or from the door on the night.

For anyone who can’t attend on the night, bids can be emailed to [email protected]. See the school Facebook page for more information.

Other lots donated so far include:

  • One hour 1:1 tennis coaching at Ryde Lawn Tennis Club from the club’s head coach, David Fothergill
  • VIP tour of Bembridge Lifeboat for four people, from Bembridge RNLI
  • Selection of Liz Earle goodies, from Rachel Clark
  • Get rid of all your aches and pains with a Sports Massage from Dawn Hodge
  • Treat yourself with a gel polish manicure, from Nail Fabulous
  • Your photo on canvas 1 x (18 x 12), from Ztam
  • A set of 4 mugs printed with photo or text or your choice
  • A framed, illustrated poem about your child or grandchild (or pet!), written by local children’s author, Peta Rainford
  • Get your windows cleaned!, from Reflections Window and Exterior Cleaning
  • 2 x tote bags printed with your own photos or text, from Ztam
  • Limited edition Spitfire print on canvas, from Ztam Photography
  • Your own 6 x 2ft advertising banner (winner can have any design they wish on the banner), from Ztam
  • Hamper of Avon products, from Dee and Kelly Murdoch
  • Signed copies of the Stevie Stegosaurus books (3 book series) by local children’s author Debbie Webb
  • Local fresh produce, from Delysia Farm
  • 2018 Genuine Wimbledon towel
  • Artwork from local artist Katie Hobbs
  • Rug from Choice Carpet and Furnishings
  • PC/laptop tune up: service will include latest updates, cleaning inside of pc if needed, mail ware/ spyware removal, and upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 if required from Lauren and Dan Price, East Cowes computers
  • Mermaid picture from By the Sea


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