Published Monday 12th October 2015

175 people packed the hall and enjoyed a locally produced meal and Elvis Presley tribute act.

The night’s promise auction included four tickets to a suite at Manchester United Football Club donated by John Smart, and two home-cooked meals with Mansell and Julie Powell. The 27 lots raised over £12,000 with two halves of lamb donated by Neil Powell Butchers going under the hammer for £480. Tickets sales, party games and donations brought the final total to over £15,000.

Mike Pullin said, ‘I lived near Ewyas Harold for over 35 years and knew many of the guests and know how generous they have been to St Michael’s Hospice in the past. Witnessing the fervour of the auction just blew me away. It was extremely moving and a huge reminder of the community spirit that exists in the area. John Collins is one of my oldest friends and I can’t thank him enough for all the hard work he and his team put into organising one of the biggest Hospice fundraising events I have ever been part of.’

John Collins said, ‘I visited the new Hospice with Mike and was amazed by the building and the care given to patients and their families. I told Mike I wanted to do something for St Michael’s, and I am overwhelmed by people’s kindness, generosity and willingness to give to such a worthwhile cause.

‘Not only did we make a lot of money but we had a fabulous night: I want to thank all those who donated and bid on the items in the promise auction. I’d especially like to thank my team of helpers who worked so hard to make the night a great success.’

Ruth Denison, Head of Fundraising, said, ‘We are delighted that the event was such a resounding success. We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone that worked so hard to make it happen. It is wonderful to see a local community having a great night out and raising such a large amount of money for their Hospice.’

If you would like to put on a big fundraising bash in your community, please call the Community Fundraising Team at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000.
Photo of the organising team, l-r: John Collins, Jane Collins, Keith Ratcliffe, Doris Collins, Lisa Buchanan, Herbert Collins, Nicci Duggan, Andrew Buchanan and Spencer Duggan