A GARDEN centre owner is hoping to raise thousands of pounds at a charity auction being held in honour of one of his first customers.
James Lamb, who owns Stamford Garden Centre in Great Casterton, is hosting the auction and dinner on Saturday, February 26, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The event was inspired by Ned Cullen, of Queen’s Walk, Stamford, who has the disease. Ned and his wife Heather were among the first customers to James’ cafe the Garden Kitchen when he opened it five years ago.
James said: “I wanted to do something to support him and show him we are thinking of him, just as Ned supported me when I first opened.”
James has just started running monthly dinners at the garden centre.
He said: “It’s a really lovely meal and I think it should be a good evening that raises thousands of pounds for a good cause.
“We have got some amazing lots for the auction and we are also running a silent auction with some smaller lots so everyone can get a look in.”
Many of the lots are flying related including a flight with the Blades Aerobatic Display Team, because Ned was formerly a Harrier pilot in the Royal Air Force.
Other lots include two tickets to see Take That, tickets to an exclusive Q magazine gig, a signed Manchester United football shirt, a Virgin champagne balloon flight and a beauty treatment at Emma Cannings Facial and Body Care Therapy.
This event builds on the success of other fundraising events in the area, organised by Ned and Heather’s friend Ellen Chisholm.
Ellen said: “The response to our fundraising efforts continues to amaze me. The auction is set to not only raise money and awareness for the association but also will be a fantastic and enjoyable evening for those able to attend.”
Tickets for the event cost £26 and are available from the garden centre or by calling 01780 765656. Details at www.stamfordgardencentre.co.uk