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Charity art auction TODAY!

I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked by the esteemed Ryszard Rybicki to be the auctioneer for The Green Horse Art fundraising event, organised by Ryszard and his wife Maria.  The auction is to be held today, Thursday 3rd April at the Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury.   There are still a few spaces left so if you want to come along here are the details.

Entry is free, and doors open from 6.30pm with the auction commencing at 7.30pm.  You will even be given some complimentary bubbly to help loosen the grip on your wallet!   Or for those who don’t wish to participate in the auction but still want to join in the fun of the evening, there will also be a raffle where you can have the chance of winning some of the art on display too.  Everyone is welcome.


The venue is fascinating, the art is beautiful and diverse and all the money raised from the evening will go to The Children’s Trust – the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.  Thirty pieces of art have been kindly donated by the artists and range in size, style and medium so there is something for every taste.

For a peak at the stunning art that is available click here


To find the Mary Ward House click here

Mary Ward House, a Grade I listed building, was designed as a settlement and built in 1897. The founder of the settlement was Mary Ward, a distinguished Victorian novelist who signed her books as Mrs Humphry Ward.  Apart from her successful writing career Mrs Ward was also a leading social worker and promoter of equalisation in the society.

The venue which is now a conference and exhibition centre has a long history of social work. It was in this building that the Play Centres started as well as the first school for disabled children was founded. Because of this strong connection between the auction venue and the fundraising beneficiary it is the perfect location for an event of this kind.


We want people to relax, have fun, and if you fall in love with the art – which you will – then please heartily bid away!  You’ll be lining your wall, your life and your heart with something that will give you eternal pleasure – as well as helping the ever grateful staff and children of The Children’s Trust.   Even if you don’t fancy bidding, please just come along and enjoy the experience, meet new people and be introduced to some established and new international artists.  Thank you – we look forward to welcoming you tomorrow night x



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Celebrity shoe auction!

BREAKING NEWS!  Gary Barlow has now donated his Jubilee shoes to the auction…this is awesome!  The signed shoes were specially made for the Take That lead singer and have the Union Jack and lyrics of Sing, the Jubilee song, inscribed on the sole. These one of a kind shoes will go onto eBay on Tuesday 10th July for two weeks to allow as many fans as possible the opportunity to bid.

Gary recently received an OBE in recognition of his efforts in organising the musical extravaganza and writing the commemorative song Sing.



And if you fancy stepping into the shoes, literally, of some of your other favourite stars then please read on!  Normal Cook, Kim Wilde, Jane Torvill, and cough cough, a certain weather lass…?  Well now you can!

Norman Cook, Kim Wilde, Jane Torvill, Sophie Kinsella (author of the shop-a-holic books), Peter James (best selling crime author), Kim Woodburn, David Stockdale (goalie for Fulham FC), Lewis Moody (former England rugby captain), Tommy Elphick (football player for Brighton & Hove Albion FC) and top world ranked tennis player Ana Ivanovic are some of the celebrities who have kindly donated their beloved shoes for the fundraising extravaganza.

All these wonderful shoes, and many more, will be auctioned for The Horder Centre – a specialist orthopaedic centre on the doorstep of the stunning Ashdown Forest.

Find out how you can get your mitts on a pair of celeb shoes here


Top right of shot: Sandy coloured trainers are Norman Cooks (I had a good sniff and fortunately they don’t smell!)

Bottom left of shot: Sparkle tastic ones donated by ice skating legend Jane Torvill

And on the RHS of frame, the blue strappy ones: Mine!  You will have spotted these on air, on BBC South East Today many times before, and they could be yours!  They were kindly donated by Love Is…Boutique  a pre-loved clothes and accessories boutique in Tunbridge Wells.  You can’t fail to pop in there and find yourself something snazzy, unique and bargainous!  Thanks girls!

And thank you to Ciaran McCrickard/Connors for the photos.




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