The lions Club of Ivybridge based in south devon, recently held a charity auction night in aid of Little People UK. The event, which took place at the Watermark Centre in Ivybridge on Saturday 21st October, brought together people from the town and its surrounding area who were hoping to get their hands on some amazing auction lots, enjoy the events entertainment, and eat plenty of pizza and chips while raising as much money as possible for LPUK.
The event started at 7:30 PM with a small presentation by LPUK member Andy Moyes. Andy, who lives with an undiagnosed form of dwarfism, spoke briefly about the aims and purposes of the charity, and the difference it has made to his life since he joined in 2017. Andy also read some information about LPUK from the charity website, and used the cinema projection screen to show two videos of members talking about their own experiences of the chareties annual convention.
It was then time for the auction. Bidding started slowly, with a member of the congregation netting a designer handbag and matching purse for just £10, before the guests competitive natures got the better of them and the money started to mount up. Wristbands to a local theme park fetched £25, tickets to see Manchester United play Newcastle raised £80, and a Harry Potter poster signed by LPUK president warwick davis collected £35.
In the interval, award winning magician Malcolm Norton entertained the guests with some outstanding close-up magic while they enjoyed some delicious pizza and chips.
The second half of the auction saw a Snotubing session at Plymouth ski centre bag a cool £25, a will writing service donated by south west Law collect £100, and an electronic trainset provided by South devon Railway swoop £150. Despite these excellent sales, the star of the auction was a small tin sign sporting the words “beware, ewok crossing” embellished with Warwick’s signature which took a remarkable £105. The evening closed with a signed poster for the new starwars movie The Last Jedi contributing an impressive £50 to the total.
Once all the auction lots had been sold, the rafel took place. This contained prizes ranging from a bottle of wine, to a voucher for a hot air balloon ride, and raised an impressive £115. Andy then gave a closing speech thanking all the guests for attending the evening and showing their generosity in aid of LPUK.
A final total of how much was raised from the evening is yet to be confirmed, but the Lions Club of Ivybridge believe it to be in the region of approximately £1000. It is hoped that this money will help people from devon and Cornwall whos lives are in some way effected by dwarfism in accessing the information and support that LPUK provides.
The Lions Club of Ivybridge would like to thank all who donated products or services to the auction night event, without who’s generosity this event could not have taken place. Also thanks go to the Watermark Centre for providing the venue and refreshments, as well as Malcolm Norton for providing entertainment. Finally, the club would like to thank the guests for attending and spending generously, as well as LPUK for their support.