Charity Auction raises £2,000 for Help for Heroes

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Little Common British Legion raised £2,000 for the Help for Heroes charity with a recent charity dinner and auction

The event, on Saturday August 8, also raised the awareness of the work being done to provide support for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Over 90 guests attended the event, along with guest of honour, 94-year-old veteran Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Angel (pictured) – ‘One of the few’. He was joined by the Chair of Bexhill Council Jim Carroll, along with event organiser Chris Kingsman.

They were escorted to their table by Hastings Cadets of the Navy, RAF and Marines.

Following the formal dinner, Toastmaster and Auctioneer for the evening Paul Mitchell (pictured) turned everyone’s attention to the serious business of the night - to raise money.

Lots on offer in the auction included a Yeoman Hyundai hire car for a weekend; a bouquet of flowers once a month for six months from florist Dorothy Marchants; a private pod on the Brighton Wheel for 6 people, and a professional gardener for the day - including a new lawnmower.

When all the bids were in and counted, the total raised was £1.000, which was then matched by Barclays Bank, giving the Heroes charity a grand total of £2,000.

Organiser Chris Kingsman was delighted with the turnout, which ranged in ages through three generations. He said: “This event shows that Great Britain still has men and women prepared to serve the colours of their country, and the people from all walks of life in East Sussex have big hearts and deep pockets to continue to support them.”

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