Club bids to boost charity fund with auction
A GRAND charity auction organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club is hoped to be as successful as a sponsored abseil completed by several members six months ago.
The abseil of more than 100ft down the side of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel Building raised £3,500 for the hospital’s £2 million Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.
Now the club wants to boost that amount through the auction, which takes place in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on Friday, May 4.
The evening will include a sausage and mash supper and the £12.50 tickets can be bought at Country Property in Broad Street.
Club president John Berridge said: “We’re supporting this particular appeal for a number of reasons.
“Men tend not to discuss their health but it is vitally important to get the message across that, in the UK, more than 130 men are diagnosed with this cancer every day. Prostate cancer it is the most common malignancy diagnosed in men.
“For those who receive the diagnosis, Southmead Hospital is at the forefront of prostate cancer care in the UK and has saved thousands of lives using state of the art robotic surgery equipment. That equipment now needs replacing.”
Organiser Stuart Hobday said many of the auction lots were donated by local companies and suppliers.
He said: “We have vouchers for wine tasting, golf, use of a spa, luxury meals, a brewery tour and balloon rides, as well as family tickets to a number of locations.
“There are also more unusual lots such as a tour of Rolls-Royce with lunch, a flying lesson, use of a farmhouse in France and a print donated by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.”