Sunday, 22 October 2017

Students' auction does the business for hospice

A CHARITY auction organised by students at The Henley College raised £640 for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

A CHARITY auction organised by students at The Henley College raised £640 for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

The business diploma students staged the event at Henley town hall.

The lots included a Starbucks coffee hamper, a Spice Merchant buffet, a Haringtons blow dry voucher and a Red Lion massage voucher.

They were auctioned by Mayor Lorraine Hillier and fellow town councillor David Eggleton.

Student Hannah Chapman said: “Part of our course is to host a charity event so we decided to do an auction as we thought it would be good to get the community involved.

“It went well. Everything went for quite a bit of money, which was good, and we were pleased with the turnout.”

The Mayor said: “There were some fantastic prizes and I think it’s excellent that the students put themselves out for Sue Ryder.”

Some prizes were left over, including a free pint every day at the Bull on Bell Street from Brakspear. The students hope to use these to raise more money.

Meanwhile, the hospice’s founder, Lady Ryder, is featured in a new series of stamps celebrating some of Britain’s great humanitarians.

She founded the Sue Ryder Foundation in 1947 to help people displaced after the Second World War and later widened the scope of the charity’s work to include supporting people with complex needs and life-threatening conditions.

The Nettlebed hospice opened in 1979 and is one of seven across the country run by the charity. Lady Ryder died in 2000.



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