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Highland online auction launched in aid of Marie Curie

By Gavin Musgrove

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A small group of Highlanders have got together to support Marie Curie’s fundraising efforts during the Covid-19 crisis.

The fundraising initiative launched earlier today has been pulled together by Marie Curie patrons, Emma Mackenzie and Claire Macdonald along with stalwart Inverness supporters Elaine Pope, Kareen McHardy and Paula Dick.

Ms Mackenzie said: "This idea has been in the making since lockdown but we were well aware that the timing had to be right. We have been overwhelmed with a truly wonderful array of amazing and diverse lots for both a local or UK wide audience.

A unique stay at stunning Eilean Donan Castle is one of the lots.
A unique stay at stunning Eilean Donan Castle is one of the lots.

"Whether it’s a stay at our iconic Eilean Donan Castle, Whelprigg House in Cumbria or a cottage in the middle of nowhere , there really is something for everyone.

"We also have ‘lots’ for cookery demonstrations, golf stays, Good Highland Food private dining, dinner for 10 at The Cavalry Club in London, a fabulous Leonie Gibb painting, be a zoo keeper for the day and Belladrum 2021 tickets."

Community fundraiser Vonnie Stevenson said: "This income is so important to us, more so than ever before. The organisers have a terrific selection of auction items. As with so many businesses and charities, Marie Curie is facing a devastating loss of funds at a time when our services are in more demand than ever before.

"Every day and night, Marie Curie frontline nurses are giving vital care and support to dying people in their homes across the UK.

"At this time of national emergency, these crucial services are needed more than ever. It’s so important that we can continue to be there to give patients the care they need at such a desperate time. And we need your help to do that.

"Unlike lots of other charities, we can’t just turn off our taps until the situation improves. We’ve committed to our NHS partners and patients that we will be there to deliver care, and we’ve got to continue to be there."

The auction is now live at https://mariecurie2020.aucsys.co.uk/ and runs until 9pm next Friday (July 10)

* The Marie Curie Information and Support line (0800 090 2309) can help with information about all aspects of end of life or grieving, whether you have practical, emotional or financial questions or concerns, or if you just want someone to talk to.

Nurses are also available to talk to on the line. For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/support

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