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Charity auction offers equestrian highlights


  • The Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation is offering equestrian enthusiasts the chance to bid for fantastic days out as part of its Platinum Auction, which is being held early next month.

    Among the lots on offer are:

    • a one-to-one show jumping lesson with former European Show Jumping Champion Marie Edgar (pictured)
    • four tickets to the final of the Royal Windsor and Mountbatten Cups at Guards Polo Club including lunch
    • a pair of Ascot day members passes, including a three-course meal for two, a bottle of wine and afternoon tea
    • the chance to own a racehorse for a day, including a visit to the gallops and an afternoon at Lingfield Park racecourse
    • an evening at Windsor Races, including travel to the venue by riverboat and a three-course dinner for two
    • riding at Higher Park Farm Equestrian Centre, which has trained a number of actors to ride and is regularly involved in film work

    The auction will run as a postal and internet auction (www.paulbevan.org) until 5 May 2004, with the Platinum Auction taking place as a live event on 7 May 2004 at Englemere in Ascot.

    All bids received by phone or internet before 5 May will become bids “on the book” for the live auction. Telephone bidding may be possible on the night with the highest bid overall securing each lot.

    The cancer charity was set up in 1982 in memory of Berkshire businessman Paul Bevan, by his widow Penny, who felt there was a lack of support for the carers and sufferers of cancer.

    In 1995, the charity set up the Paul Bevan Hospice, in the grounds of Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot. The Platinum Auction has been organised to celebrate the charity’s 21st anniversary this year, and aims to raise £30,000 to set up an information and support centre in Berkshire for cancer patients, their families and carers.

    Marcus Stanton of the Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation explains: “Berkshire currently lacks any comprehensive information and advice service for cancer patients. The Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation sees a real need for a ‘one-stop-shop’ that can offer support in meeting day-to-day needs, including advice and financial support.”

    Further details about the auction, including the full catalogue, are available on the Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation website: www.paulbevan.org

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