S&TC auction offers lots from fishing to feasting for a great cause
Keen cricketing fans will be rushing to bid in Salmon & Trout Conservation’s annual auction for a rare chance to fish and then enjoy lunch on the glorious River Itchen in the esteemed company of the one and only voice of cricket; Henry Calthorpe Blofeld or ‘Blowers’ as he is often affectionately called.
This unique opportunity to eat, meet and fish with a celebrity hero or two like Henry Blofeld is up for grabs in Salmon & Trout Conservation’s (S&TC’s) renowned charity auction.
The S&TC annual on-line, silent and ‘live’ auctions are gearing up to offer some truly remarkable and rare opportunities to bid for exclusive fishing opportunities, stunning works of art, fishing and feasting packages as well as special shoot days.
The online auction opens on 18th September and will run for six-weeks, while the silent and live auctions will be held during S&TC UK’s prestigious Dinner, held in the classic splendour of Fishmongers’ Hall in London on Thursday 12th October. The redesigned auction site will include the facility for bidders not attending the Dinner to leave commission bids on those items only on offer at the Dinner.
Veronica Kruger, the S&TC Dinner and Auction organiser says, “At last year’s auction and dinner we raised an impressive £100,000. With the support of our generous donors and bidders we feel very confident that we will raise even more this year.
“There is something for everyone and to suit every pocket in both the online and live auctions. From a VIP day at Newbury Races to a classic two nights fishing break at the famous Arundell Arms in Devon. Generous donations mean that we can offer sculpture, art, dining, fine wines, and a wide variety of fishing – sea trout, salmon, grayling and bass, from the chalkstreams and coastline of southern England all the way to the Outer Hebrides. Guide prices start at just £50.”
Paul Knight, Chief Executive of S&TC UK says, “We rely heavily on this major annual fund-raising event to support our important scientific research as we do not receive any funding from Government. Our on-going national Riverfly Census has clearly identified the shocking state of some of our freestone rivers and chalkstreams. But there is much more that needs to be done in terms of research and providing the evidence and data needed to protect our rivers and aquatic wildlife, as well as identifying workable solutions. We hope that as many people as possible who love to fish or just enjoy these unique river environments will support us and join in the competition to bid for some exceptional experiences.”
The S&TC Annual Online auction opens on Monday 18th September (when registration opens at www.salmon-trout.org).
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