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Hammer falls on record bids

Hammer falls on record bids

A signed England rugby shirt in a frame and a weekend for two in a luxury hotel were among the lots that helped John Taylor Funeral Services of Warwickshire to a record-breaking total at a charity auction.

For the fifth year, the team organised and ran the auction at the Myton Hospice summer fete, raising over £2,700 in the process, and smashing the totals of previous years. This was helped by the shirt selling for £200, while the weekend break went for £190.

Funeral director and auctioneer Rob Ripley, funeral arranger Sharon Straker and funeral service operative Eddie Talbot helped, alongside members of their families.

“Every year we’ve made it a challenge to raise more money than the previous year and so far we’ve done it,” said Rob. “Next year will really be a test but there lies the challenge and we’ll do everything we can to beat this year’s total.”

Manager Colin Millington paid tribute to the efforts of his staff: “Last year we raised over £2,000, so to get just over £2,700 is amazing,” he said. “I would like to thank all those who gave up their free time on a Sunday to carry out this event for such a worthwhile charity.”

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