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Pied Piper charity auction raises more than £16,000

The Pied Piper auction concluded in dramatic fashion with the star Tom Kerridge dine-in experience securing a winning bid of £12.500 in the closing minutes.

Tom Kerridge

In total, the auction raised an impressive £16,750 with its sporting memorabilia, fashion, food and drink and wide variety of experiences.

Auction organiser and trustee Cat Hage said: "Well that went well! From the germ of an idea in lockdown on how to plug the deficit in fund raising revenue for Pied Piper and then making contact with the great guys at the Bid-In Group who ran successful high-profile auctions for Chris Evans on Virgin Radio, we created an impressive online auction platform that just worked.

"We must say a huge thank you to all the local individuals and businesses who donated such fantastic prizes and the generosity of the bidders to complete the event.

"We are pleased to announce that we are spending this amazing amount for children and young people in our county with the Music Works, the only community music organisation in the county that focuses on disabled children and young people and works with all the SEND schools."

The Music Works (TMW) transforms lives through music with a vision that all children and young people in Gloucestershire, particularly those facing barriers in music, learning and life, are able to realise their potential through music, and improve their life chances through creativity, building confidence, self-belief and motivation.

In 2021, a new inclusive and accessible music studio will be located in the heart of Gloucester in King's Square alongside Gloucester Culture Trust's entrepreneurs' hub.

This will be the first of its kind in the county, offering the latest music technology to expand the music offer for disabled young people and significantly increase opportunities for them.

Pied Piper chairman Nick Broady: "The Pied Piper Appeal has agreed to support the creation of its sensory music room and the August Auction funds of £16,750 will go a long way towards funding this fantastic £30,000 project in the heart of our city."

After such a successful fundraising event, the Pied Piper team are not standing still. Next Friday they are hosting an invite-only, socially distanced JV Consultancy Group golf day at Brickhampton Golf Complex.

And on Saturday 30th August, the charity is holding a kilo Sale at its pop-up shop on Regent Street in Cheltenham.

Just last month the Pedal4Piper virtual cycle ride raised £4,000, in place of its annual Sportive, thanks to the support of the Rotary Gloucester Quays.

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