NIB: Auction has helped raise “incredible” amount of money

FINE AND applied art students are celebrating the success of their fund-raising auction that took place on Thursday evening at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Of the ninety lots that went under the hammer, a total of £4,000 was raised, helping to better their original target by more than £1,000.

The item that created the biggest level of bidding frenzy amongst the general public who had registered their names prior to the event was sold for £340.

It was a leather head crafted by Mandy Havers – a tutor of the fund-raiser’s organisers, Katie Boyce and Morgane Kertrestel – and bought by Maria Laurens who runs the Herbert Cafe.

Events Officer for the Herbert, Jessica Pinson congratulated the two students for their “professional, competent, and organised” manner and how they went about organising, promoting and running the fund-raiser.

Pinson said: “Their dedication to the event has been obvious and their hard work unstinting.  We hope to be able to work with them again in the future, once they’ve had the long rest they deserve.”

Katie Boyce was understandably pleased with the outcome, admitting to being “surprisingly shocked with the amount of people that attended and gave us their support”.

She added: “We had no idea how the night was going to go and we were happy to see that even in these tough economic times, people can come together and support the community. We are very happy that it all came together and it ended with a great outcome.”

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