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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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Top Gear track day fun for charity

My goodness gracious! Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Caterhams and many more. I admit I’d never been a Fezza fan (yep, that’s my new affectionate name for a Ferrari…) as they were always a bit show offy…but get strapped up in one of those bad boys and you never go back to yer mini Metro! Crikey, I’ve even lost the ability to speak like a BBC broadcasting adult!



Anyway, back on earth, the reason for Joe Public to be allowed to take a ride in any of these stunning cars is all for charity.  The Children’s Trust organise this Supercar Event each year where any punter can turn up and pay £25 to be driven around the famous Top Gear race track.  The drivers donate their time, their cars, and ultimately their tyres/gear boxes/brakes in order to drive like The Stig, whilst their paying ‘victims’ scream in joy and terror!  I’ll admit I was a quivering wreck for much of the day, but in a good way, mostly.



And to top it all off we had the delightful Craig Phillips (our DIY expert and first ever Big Brother winner) MC’ing the event and giving everyone a good giggle with his delightfully cheeky Liverpudlian accent and actor Scott Wright (Coronation Street and Hollyoaks). Thanks boys – you did a fab job!


6000 people had an awesome weekend and thousands of pounds was raised for one of my favourite charities.  Thank you to the 150 volunteers who kept everything running safely and scolded naughty drivers who went too fast!  By the way I recently donated over 100 outfits/shoes/suits to The Children’s Trust shop in Tunbridge Wells (address here) so if you want to pick yourself up an outfit that you’ll have seen me in on SE Today or Inside Out, or a pair of my shoes, then pop along!  Every penny goes to the charity, and my wardrobes are, finally, moderately less full!


Thanks to Andy Newbold for all the great shots.

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