Online auction in aid of children’s charity

Left to right: Carl Swansbury, Sarah-Jane Miller and Jon Routledge before the online silent auction.

Left to right: Carl Swansbury, Sarah-Jane Miller and Jon Routledge before the online silent auction.

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An online silent auction helped raise £1,300 for a children’s charity.

Whitley Bay and Morpeth-based accountants Ryecroft Glenton organised the event last month to support Chance UK, a new service launched in the north east.

A number of prizes were donated, with funds helping the charity establish new social franchises in the UK.

Carl Swansbury, partner at Ryecroft Glenton, said: “Helping such a worthy charity expand its service provision is a great achievement; the team has worked exceptionally hard to generate auction lots and the subsequent bids.

“The £1,300 has far surpassed our original expectations and we would like to thank everyone who placed a bid.”

“The money raised will go a long way, and we’re looking forward to welcoming Chance UK to the North East.”

Gracia McGrath, chief executive at Chance UK, said: “When you’re running a charity, every penny counts. So, as you can imagine, having a £1,300 donation is something we are extremely grateful for.

“I, and the team at Chance UK, would like to thank Ryecroft Glenton and those that bid – the money really will help change the lives of young people in the North East, for the better.”

Chance UK delivers one-to-one mentoring to primary school children who have behavioural difficulties, many of whom have been excluded from school or are at risk of exclusion at the time of their referral to the charity.

Chance UK was established in London 20 years ago and operates across six boroughs in the capital.

The Chance UK Programme matches each child with an adult volunteer mentor on a one to one basis for a year.

The programme helps them improve their behaviour, raise their self-esteem and fulfil their potential.