Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Art sales raise £26,500 for festival charity

ANTIQUES expert Jonty Hearnden presented a cheque for more than £26,500 to the Henley Festival Trust.

The money was raised at last year’s festival from silent auction bids above the reserve price on prints and lithographs of works by artists including Picasso and Dalí. Festival chief executive Gill Mitchell, who received the cheque, said it was the largest single donation received by the trust.

The money will support its work with its new charity partner, the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. The trust also funds the 100-strong Henley Festival Orchestra.

Mr Hearnden, 52, who appears on the BBC’s Cash In The Attic, set up the Third Sector Gallery in Newtown Road, Henley, to support charities by loaning art for silent auctions.

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