16 December 2013
Volunteers at the auction
There is a lot to celebrate after a Macmillan Christmas Charity Auction in the Scottish Highlands raised over £115,000 (and still counting) in the first weekend of December.
Over 600 lots went under the hammer at Dingwall and Highland Marts on Saturday 7 December in a festive themed charity auction for Macmillan.
The event was organised over a period of just four months by a committee of volunteers, headed up by Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, with Dave Conner as Secretary, and including representatives of local Macmillan fundraising committees, Rotarians, businesses, farmers and landowners. The ambitious goal was to raise at least £100,000 and hopefully top the £108,000 raised from a similar Macmillan auction in the area 15 years ago. Both targets were well and truly smashed and there is still more to come in!
Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager for the North of Scotland, Isla Dewar, said ‘There are so many who contributed to the event and we are extremely grateful to each and every business and individual from across the Highlands and Islands (and beyond) who donated money, goods and services, and those online and there on the day who dug deep and bid high for a vast array of lots, including a fully fitted bathroom, a gypsy caravan style chicken coop, holiday lets, meal vouchers, show tickets, seafood hampers, signed football tops, pedal cars, cuddly toys and so much more.
'Key to the event’s success was the role played by Kenny McKenzie and his team at the Dingwall and Highland Marts who not only provided the venue, but the auctioneering expertise and all the behind the scenes work in pulling the catalogue together and administering the registration, bidding and payment processes – a very slick operation from start to finish. Special thanks must also go to Alastair Kennedy of Global Energy Group who provided support in promoting and publicising the auction. Cecilia Grigor of the Kingsmills Hotel who kindly shared her story and openly spoke about her personal experience of the support Macmillan can provide people affected by cancer having lost her father earlier this year. Plexus Media who developed the auction website, Dynam who managed the online bidding function in the run up to the event, and media partners Scottish Provincial Press for their package of advertising and editorial coverage.’
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The money raised from the event will be used to fund Macmillan services in the Highlands and Islands. Didn’t get a chance to bid online or come along on the day? It’s not too late to donate to the event, and you can still do so online at our Virgin Money Giving site.