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Suffolk's High Sheriff, Mark Pendlington DL, announces Legacy Auction to support residents and community projects





Suffolk’s High Sheriff Mark Pendlington DL has announced a fund-raising auction hoping to make an impact on the lives of residents in the county by supporting local projects.

The online Legacy Auction starts today in association with Birketts LLP and lasts until Sunday, March 24.

All the money raised will help address many challenges facing people in Suffolk including bullying, homelessness, anti-social behaviour, knife crime and substance abuse.

Mark Pendlington DL, High Sheriff of Suffolk. Picture submitted: The High Sheriff of Suffolk
Mark Pendlington DL, High Sheriff of Suffolk. Picture submitted: The High Sheriff of Suffolk

All 21 lots, along with the website and online auction platform as well as selling fees, have been donated ensuring all the money raised directly benefits the High Sheriff’s Fund, managed by the Suffolk Community Foundation.

Mr Pendlington, who is a key supporter and patron of the foundation, said: "Money raised from the Legacy Auction will be invaluable in helping us make a significant difference to the lives of those the funds will benefit.

“With your support we will raise funds to allow us to help to build a stronger, more resilient community and help to change local lives for years to come."

Birketts LLP has donated an Ipswich Town Football Club hospitality package. Picture submitted: The High Sheriff of Suffolk
Birketts LLP has donated an Ipswich Town Football Club hospitality package. Picture submitted: The High Sheriff of Suffolk

The auction’s array of donated lots feature a week's self-catering accommodation for up to 16 guests at Inchnadamph House on George Vestey’s Scottish estate, a London Theatre break for two donated by sponsor Chassis Cab and tickets to His Majesty’s Royal Ascot meeting.

Other prizes from Greene King, The Jockey Club, Unruly Pig and other local businesses are also included.

Melanie Craig, chief executive of Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “With rapidly rising needs, the work of the High Sheriff is so important in highlighting the fantastic work of the voluntary sector, which so often provides the glue in our community, enabling them to develop and thrive.

Inchnadamph House in Scotland - donated by George Vestey. Picture submitted: The High Sheriff of Suffolk
Inchnadamph House in Scotland - donated by George Vestey. Picture submitted: The High Sheriff of Suffolk

“We are extremely grateful to Mark for all he has contributed both in terms of awareness raising, bringing people together and encouraging financial support.

“Thank you to the sponsors and prize donors - please bid generously.”

Jonathan Agar, chief executive of Birketts LLP, said he was delighted to be the main sponsor of the Legacy Auction.

“This inaugural Legacy Auction will undoubtedly make a huge difference to Suffolk’s charities,” he said.

“As the main sponsor and through our prize donation of an Ipswich Town Football Club hospitality package, we are delighted to play our part in helping to raise much-needed funds for those who need it."

Lacy Scott & Knight has foregone their buyer’s commission and all auction lots will be listed on their online auction platform, along with a dedicated website.

The Suffolk Community Foundation is the largest independent grant maker of local charities and community groups in the county.

Since its inception in 2005, it has raised and distributed £40 million in funding over 3,000 grants, awarding up to £5 million every year.