Charity auction exceeds expectations of mountain climbing fundraiserBy Jon Nurse
January 04, 2013
A charity auction smashed expectations to take a fundraiser well beyond her target for a mountainous challenge next year.
Victoria Kendall, of Hurst, was stunned to see 25 items sell for more than she hoped, as she prepares to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Close to 100 bidders packed into Hurst Village Hall for the auction with a fish and chip supper.
“My aim for the evening was £1,500 so to raise £4,128 is absolutely incredible,” Mrs Kendall said. “We had some very generous bids and everyone had a great time.”
One buyer walked away with a Mulberry bag for £580, while another spent £160 on a special Olympic memory; a Team GB shirt signed by divers Tom Daley, Pete Waterfield and other London 2012 athletes.
Mrs Kendall, who lost her granddad after a long battle with Alzheimer’s in 2007, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an 11-day trip next summer.
She will pay for her own flights and accommodation and has set a fundraising target of £4,000 which she has now surpassed by £2,000.
She added: “I am training with my sponsor Joe Webb, owner of JW Training, and my fitness and strength has improved dramatically since starting in September. I feel more confident about the physical aspect of the climb.”
To support Mrs Kendall, visit www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Kendall.