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Lots of lots at the record-breaking charity auction

17 April 2014

After lasting a mammoth 26 hours, celebrity BBC auctioneer James Lewis brought down his gavel for the final time to set the World Record for the longest solo auction in Derby’s Westfield Shopping Centre on 28-29 November 2013.

The auction saw over 2,000 lots go under the hammer with ten charities close to James’ heart – including PCRF – sharing the £60,479.25 total proceeds. 

The event was streamed live on the internet for the whole 26 hours, and despite having only short comfort breaks every few hours and being hoarse by the end of the auction, James kept his cheery banter up throughout, cajoling bidders to get the best prices possible for every donated lot.

The auction was staffed in shifts by volunteers from each charity and PCRF was represented by Sarah Flint, from Sheffield, Jo Kelly from Leeds, with PCRF CEO Maggie Blanks travelling up from London to work several shifts too. Sarah also represented PCRF on the organisational committee, co-ordinated the storage and delivery of over 200 lots donated by PCRF supporters, and attended a presentation event to receive a cheque for £6,626.57 on PCRF’s behalf in February (pictured front, centre).

Volunteers were fed and watered throughout the event by local Westfield businesses and several of James’ colleagues from Bamfords Auctioneers staffed the event for the whole 26hr period alongside their boss.

Sarah said: “It was such a great event with everyone pulling together. Everyone was so tired but exhilarated at the end. James was brilliant – he never lost his good cheer even though he must have been totally exhausted, but he was determined to raise as much money as possible from the outset.”

Sarah Flint, centre, with James Lewis on left

Says Maggie Blanks: “A phenomenal effort from all involved! Many thanks to all our supporters who contributed lots and huge congratulations to James and the whole Bamfords team for setting the World Record! We’re proud to have been part of this event and extremely grateful to benefit from the proceeds. The money will be well-spent on cutting edge research projects to help defeat pancreatic cancer, something that I know is important to James and everyone at Bamfords, having lost two colleagues to the disease.”

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