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Property News: Auction of local children’s art raises £2,200 for Macmillan

Macmillian Cancer Support

A special auction of children’s artwork took place in Brighton on Friday 18 July in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £2,200 for the charity. Leaders have pledged to raise £25,000 in total for them this year.

Leaders hosted the auction as part of its popular annual art competition, in which school children of all ages were invited to ‘Create a Masterpiece for Macmillan’ – a picture of anything in any medium with the aim of it being good enough to auction.

The best pictures were put on display at Leaders’ Western Road branch. Auctioneer Nick Muston from Austin Gray, who kindly volunteered to run the auction, encouraged everyone to dig deep for Macmillan ... and they did not disappoint.

A number of the pictures attracted keen interest – in particular a striking painting of colourful beach huts by Izzy Willet, age 13, from Dorothy Stringer High School. After numerous bids were placed, the painting was sold for £310, the highest bid of the evening.

David Thorne, Leaders’ Brighton and Hove Senior Branch Manager, said: “Thank you to everyone who supported our auction and raffle, and a big thank you to all the children whose fantastic artwork was sold. We are delighted to have raised such a great sum of money.”

Tom Carter, Macmillan’s Area Fundraising Manager, said: “Macmillan are incredibly proud and grateful to be working with the great Leaders staff here in Sussex, and indeed throughout the UK. Just £27 funds a Macmillan nurse for an hour – we are one step closer to making sure no one faces cancer alone.”

By 2030, the number of people living with (and beyond) cancer in Sussex will fill Brighton and Hove Albion’s football stadium nearly four and a half times. Macmillan needs to raise £3.7million to fund the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in Brighton. Set to open in the summer/autumn of 2014, it will provide vital support to the ever-increasing number of people living with cancer in Sussex.