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Novices lead Stamford charity auction

Novice auctioneers took to the rostrum as part of a charity day at Stamford Auction Rooms.

Owner Jessica Wall handed over the reins for people to try their hand at auctioneering in aid of a good cause.

Photos: Lee Hellwing

Visitors were keen to snap up a bargain at the auction house in Little Bytham on Saturday, helping to raise £1,800.

Jessica led the first part of the auction, selling donations which had specifically been donated for charity, and then gave several volunteers their moment in the limelight.

The money they raised will be split between the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, Loros, Age UK, Oxfam and Kama’s Cave Greyhound Sanctuary in Spalding.

Among the auctioneers were father and daughter Neil and Millie Scholes, of Stamford, who chose to raise money for Histio UK.

Millie, eight, explained to the audience that they were raising money in memory of her cousin Oliver Scholes who died of a rare blood disorder in 2012 at the age of two.

They raised £230 selling donations from friends and family who went along to show their support at the event.

Millie said: “It was great fun to do the auctioneering and we made lots of money for my cousin’s charity.”

Neil added: “I’m really proud of Millie. She did really well.

“I know how much she misses Olly so it was great to raise money in his memory.”

It is the first time Stamford Auction Rooms has hosted a charity day but the team hope to make it an annual event.

Jessica said: “It was a lot of fun and I couldn’t have hoped for anything more.

“The volunteer auctioneers brought everyone together and added a light-hearted element to the day.”

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