Charity auction raises £1,000 for town’s food bank

Local gamekeeper Paul Clayworth and his wife, Sonia, organise a charity auction each year at the end of the shooting season with auction lots donated by local businesses, friends and family.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 11:24 am
Local gamekeeper Paul Clayworth and his wife, Sonia, organised a charity auction which raised £3,000.

Attended by workers from Kames Estate, near Leitholm, where Paul works, beaters, pickers-up, shooters and friends and family, they have raised thousands of pounds for charities over the years.

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This year, the auction raised £3,000. A donation of £1,000 will be made to the Margaret Kerr Unit at the Borders General Hospital, £1,000 to the Multiple Myeloma Charity and £1,000 to the Berwick Food Bank.

Becci Murray, from the Berwick Food Bank, said: “I was blown away when Sonia announced the donation at the end of the auction, it was a wonderful surprise. The money will make a massive difference to the food bank and will enable us to buy any items that we need, including some fresh foods.”

She said there has been a noticeable change in the use of the food bank with the start of Universal Credit in this area, with families and individuals who normally manage their finances effectively being hit by the time lag for initial payments and complications of Universal Credit. Visit Berwick Community Trust for advice.