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An art of gold to help charity fund
10:23am Thursday 16th July 2009 in News
A DEPUTY headteacher has joined forces with local artists for an ambitious fundraising challenge.
Richard Dain of Godolphin School decided to get involved with the school’s summer charity event, Make Your Pound Grow.
The challenge is normally only done by pupils and involves them being given £1 to invest to make as much money as possible for the school’s chosen charities – local children’s hospice Naomi House and The Jennifer Trust, a small charity which helps sufferers of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and their families.
Last year, one student bought ingredients and made cakes, which she then sold and used the profits to buy more ingredients and make more cakes. She eventually raised about £300.
Mr Dain decided to join in and came up with the idea of buying something at auction, selling it on for a profit and using that to buy something bigger. However his plan changed after he got overwhelming support and generosity from local artists, who donated pieces of their work.
Author Ann Bryant visited the school and donated a copy of one of her books from the Silver Spire series, which Mr Dain auctioned off to pupils, making £12.
The next item he wants to auction is Sharon Duggan’s felt piece Mosaics I. Sharon is a textile artist who has taught at Winchester School of Art, Southampton University and Basingstoke College and is currently teaching textiles at Godolphin. The piece would normally sell for £95.
Bids should be sent to Lesley Hodgson at firstname.lastname@example.org and the highest bid will be updated regularly on the Journal website, along with future auction lots over the coming weeks.