Online auction raises £20,000 for three good causes

Cheque presentations at Trinity Conferences' Triple Challenge Awards.  From left, back, Air Ambulance Service business development manager Liz Weston, Air Ambulance Service regional fundraising manager Daniel Routt, Hospital at Home friends group trustee Margaret Osker, Hospital at Home friends group trustee Dee George and Meeting Industry Meeting Needs trustee Tim Chudley. Front, Rutland Sailability representative Barry Parsisson, Trinity  Conferences managing director Jacquie Kavanagh and Rutland Sailability chair of marketing and promotions Ros Mulholland-Gullick.'Photo: MSMP090813-014ow
Cheque presentations at Trinity Conferences' Triple Challenge Awards. From left, back, Air Ambulance Service business development manager Liz Weston, Air Ambulance Service regional fundraising manager Daniel Routt, Hospital at Home friends group trustee Margaret Osker, Hospital at Home friends group trustee Dee George and Meeting Industry Meeting Needs trustee Tim Chudley. Front, Rutland Sailability representative Barry Parsisson, Trinity Conferences managing director Jacquie Kavanagh and Rutland Sailability chair of marketing and promotions Ros Mulholland-Gullick.'Photo: MSMP090813-014ow
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Three charities will benefit from a share of £20,000 thanks to a fundraising auction organised by an event management firm.

Staff at Trinity Event Solutions, based in Tinwell Road, Stamford, visited 524 hotels and conference venues in one weekend to get donations for an online auction.

Once the lots were collected the website was opened to clients and the public.

A total of 262 people registered online, placing 2,280 bids for 417 lots. Just over £20,000 was raised through the auction.

Most of this was split three ways, with Rutland Sailability, Hospital at Home and The Air Ambulance Service receiving £6,667 each.

The surplus was donated to two more charities that Trinity supports. Meetings Industry Meeting Needs received £740 and £100 was given to Tenovus.

The money was handed over at a special event on Friday. Trinity managing director Jacqui Kavanagh said: “This was a huge achievement and I would like to thank all the hotels and venues for supporting us, as well as the whole team who gave up their time and put a lot of work into making this a success.”

Representatives of each charity were on hand to explain how the money would benefit them.

Ros Mulholland-Gullick, of Rutland Sailability, said her charity had bought a new Challenger boat which would be used by members for racing.

She added: “This will really make a difference. It is the most in-demand boat that we have got.”

The new boat will be named Trinity.

Dee George, of Peterborough-based Hospital at Homes, said: “It’s an amazing donation.

“It will mean we will be able to nurse more patients in their own homes.”

And Dan Routt, fundraising manager of The Air Ambulance Service, said: “The money will help facilitate more lifesaving missions.

“It’s fantastic that they have thought of such an innovative project to raise such an amount of money in such a short space of time.”