Charity auction exceeds expectations

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An auction of promises at Hainton’s Heneage Arms has raised more than £4,000 for a local charity which supports families.

The event was organised by Homestart East Lindsey and featured more than 50 ‘promises’ for the supporters to bid on - ranging from an evening’s babysitting to family tree research, a hearty meal at the Heneage to a week in a Scottish cottage, and a pottery session to a jaunt in a converted Routemaster bus.

“It was an amazing event, which really passed our expectations,” said Homestart’s Jackie Scutt. “Thank you to everyone.”

The final amount raised was an incredible £4,082.10.

“We have been absolutely bowled over by the generosity our supporters have shown, in helping us to raise this figure,” added Community Liaison Co-ordinator Fiona Griffin.

“None of this would have been possible without the 54 pledges so kindly donated, or the scores of people who braved the snow to show up and bid on the day.

“Every single penny of the money raised will go towards helping local families with young children who need the support of our volunteers to help them through the hard times they face.

“We would particularly like to thank James Laverack for being our auctioneer on the day, Simon Hickson and everyone at the Heneage Arms Community Pub for accommodating us so kindly, Councillor Daniel Simpson for his support, and Home-Start volunteers Jackie Scutt and Kathryn Laverack for arranging the whole fantastic event. Thank you.”

Homestart is a volunteer based charity offering support, friendship and practical help to families who could be struggling for any number of reasons.

These could be as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or just finding parenting a struggle.

The volunteers Homestart recruits and trains have parenting experience themselves, enabling them to provide non-judgemental, practical and emotional support to help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.

They visit, reliably, for a few hours each week until the family is back on its feet and doesn’t need them anymore.

Last year, Homestart East Lindsey supported more than 170 families across the East Lindsey area.

“Families can refer themselves if they want our help,” added Fiona.

“The only criteria is they must have at least one child aged 8 or under living in the home.”

If you are interested in volunteering for Homestart East Lindsey, or would like to find out more about receiving their help, give them a call at the Louth office - 01507 610665.