The charity auction at Armoy Mart on May 3 has raised a whopping £25000 so far – a figure that has delighted the chairman of Moyle and District Marie Curie, the organisers and his hard-working committee.
The auction, conducted by well-known businessman, Mr Danny McAllister, attracted hundreds to the Mart where lots were sold in double quick fashion but not without extracting as much as possible from an extremely generous public.
Items which fetched a pound contrasted with others that ran into thousands, but it all totted up to a tremendous amount at the conclusion.
Mr Stanley Jamison from Marie Curie said: “It was a great day; we had a bit of fun with Danny’s wit and humour and the vast majority went home with something.
“The gratifying thing is that the two charities. Marie Curie and Alzheimer’s Society, will get at least £12,000 each which is great as far as we are concerned,” he said.
One generous donor paid around £2000 for an item then promptly handed it back for use at a later date by the committee.
The gesture was typical of the giving spirit of the North Antrim community and beyond particularly to the Marie Curie committee whose fund-raising exploits have yielded tens of thousands for the charity.
The local group, who are experienced fundraisers, had never held such an event before but were overwhelmed by support for their idea.
Given the success of the event it is highly likely that a similar auction will be held again.
Mr Jamison would like to thank Armoy Mart and Mr McAllister as well as the helpers and anyone who contributed to this most successful event.
For more information visit the Marie Curie Moyle facebook page www.facebook.com/mariecuriemoyle
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