11 December 2007

Radio presenter special guest at Manderston charity fundraiser

Berkshire News: Radio presenter special guest at Manderston charity fundraiser
"BBC Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy was the special guest at an Auction of Promises held at Manderston on Saturday evening by kind invitation of Lord and Lady Palmer.

SK on the stairs

The event was held to raise funds for CLIC Sargent Scotland (Cancer and Leukaemia in Children) and Christ Church, Duns, to help provide a disabled access to the church premises. The proceeds will be shared equally.

Promises for auction were varied and numerous, ranging from a piece of ham to a week in a holiday cottage in Italy and from dinner for two to a day at the races. There was also a silent auction and a raffle.

Mr Hugh Veitch conducted the auction in his own inimitable style. Sarah Kennedy also helped auction some of the items and kept the crowd well entertained.

Those present were welcomed by Kenn Webb, priest at Chirst Church, and he firstly introduced Hamish Aldridge, community fund-raising manager for CLIC Sargent who spoke about the work of the charity.

He then introduced Elaine Whellans from Duns whose son Aarron suffers from leukaemia.
Elaine gave a first hand account of just what it is like to have a child suffering from leukaemia and the help they receive from CLIC Sargent.

Finally Sarah Kennedy gave an amusing talk and invited everyone to put their hands in the pockets for the two worthwhile causes."

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