Auction lots prove a win win for Rockinghorse

Rockinghorse has benefited from an auction held at Gorringes Auction House in Lewes.

A collection of unusual and Victorian artefacts were on offer, kindly donated by Brighton Palace Pier to raise vital funds for our charity. All the items auctioned had previously been displayed in the pier’s Victoria Bar, which has since undergone a refurbishment.

The auction held on Monday 30 April featured 31 lots including vintage and unique display items such as signage, musical instruments, Victorian prams and even an old rocking horse. Collectively they raised a fantastic £4,810!

The most popular lot proved to be the musical instrument bundle, which included two modern cellos and a bass, selling for £1,600. Gorringes waived all commission costs for the special charity auction, so that everything raised on the day was able to be donated to our ongoing projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the associated paediatric units and children’s centres we also support in Sussex.

Terrina Barnes, corporate fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said: “When Brighton Palace Pier first approached us with the idea of auctioning items from their Victoria Bar, neither parties were sure how valuable they would be. Thanks to the support from Gorringes Auction House, we are delighted to have received almost £5,000 from the auction – a great success! Huge thanks to Brighton Palace Pier and Gorringes for their generosity.”

Neil Blackmore, sales and marketing manager at Brighton Palace Pier, said: “It’s fantastic that the auction was such a great success and it’s always a pleasure to support a local children’s charity such as Rockinghorse. Hopefully we can help again soon when we welcome Rockinghorse back to the Pier for their Halloween Quiz in November!”

Charles Crisford, valuer and clock specialist at Gorringes, added: “Having seen the eclectic items the pier had to offer, I knew it would be a great success and we are always delighted to support local charities such as Rockinghorse.”

To find out more about Rockinghorse and the work we do to support sick children in Sussex, please click here.

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