Clubs host charity bargain hunt for skin and heart aid

Auctioneer Alan Faulkner takes bids at a charity auction organised by Rotary Clubs in the South Holland area. Photo:  SG270413-145TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Auctioneer Alan Faulkner takes bids at a charity auction organised by Rotary Clubs in the South Holland area. Photo: SG270413-145TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

An auction of compassion brought all three Rotary Clubs in the South Holland area together in a rare show of unity to help people diagnosed with a rare skin condition.

More than 400 items went under the hammer at a charity auction in Spalding jointly organised by Spalding, South Holland and Welland Centenary Rotarians to raise money for skin charity DEBRA which supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Eager bidders walked away with furniture, sports equipment, garden tools, pottery and electrical items all to fund research, nursing and social care support for people affected by the incurable genetic skin condition.

About £1,500 was raised at the three-hour auction in Cradge Bank which will go to DEBRA and the British Heart Foundation.

John Syson, one of the organisers, said: “The heavens opened ten minutes before the auction began, almost as if the Almighty disapproved of what we were doing.

“But when we finally got going, four of our Rotary auctioneers rattled through our sale and they seemed to enjoy themselves.

“We had some good stuff donated to us over the last few months and people were clearing out their houses to give us items to sell.

“David and Sarah Jackson at Welland House allowed us to use their large premises for the auction and we do appreciate the generosity of them and others in the area.”

Epidermolysis Bullosa affects at least 5,000 people in the UK and about 500,000 people worldwide who suffer blisters and sores at the slightest
 touch.

Patients have their blisters lanced and dressed every day, a process taking up to three hours, and the condition in its most severe forms can cause death in infancy, skin cancer in young adults and lifelong disability or pain.

John said: “The auction was a joint effort by the three Rotary Clubs which will improve the lives of people who have such an unfair and painful existence.”

Rotary District Governor, Chris Chew, said: “I am delighted that the clubs had the opportunity to support such a worthwhile charity.”