A black-tie ball and charity auction organised by global aerospace and defence supply chain services provider Pattonair has raised more than £43,000 for Childline.
The Derby-based firm organised the event, which was hosted by TV auctioneer James Lewis, for 300 of its employees, suppliers, partners and local businesses. It took place at the Roundhouse in Derby.
Some of the items auctioned included a two-night stay in a suite at the Mayfair Hotel in London, with £250 spending money, an exquisite cut diamond pendant on a white gold chain, England vs Australia rugby tickets and a one-to-one coaching session with an international cricket pro from Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Mr Lewis, who works for Bamfords Auctioneers in Derby and is a regular on TV antiques shows including Flog It! and Cash in the Attic, sold the diamond for £3,500 and the Mayfair Hotel prize for £1,500.
In all, the event raised £43,118 for Childline, a national charity which provides free private and confidential counselling and support to young people under 19 years of age. It helps with a range of issues, from abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships.
Pattonair’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Hollinshead, said: “This was our inaugural charity ball and I am incredibly proud of the amount we have raised.
“Childline is a fantastic charity which does vital work in helping children and young adults from across the UK to deal a whole range of issues and get the support they need to live safe, happy, healthy lives.
“I would like to thank each and every one of our guests for supporting the event and helping to raise such a huge amount of money for this incredibly worthy cause.
“The event was a huge success and I’m pleased to announce that we will be holding another ball next year and planning is already underway to make it even bigger and better.”
For more information about Pattonair, visit www.pattonair.com.