The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be helping the city’s Salvation Army deliver Christmas cheer to the homeless with a cash donation to refurbish their community kitchen.
Each year the auction house nominates a Canterbury charity and donates the entire proceeds from catalogue subscriptions. The amount realised annually is around £5,000 and in 2016, the money went to Cobbs Meadow Riding for the Disabled. Previous charities have included the local branches of the Royal British Legion, Porchlight, Home Start, Pilgrims Hospices and The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund.
However, such was the Salvation Army’s urgent need for resources to provide hot meals, particularly during Christmas period, the auctioneers made sufficient funds available immediately to purchase a new fridge freezer, hot water boiler, a complete set of industrial grade cookware and two “pop-up” gazebos.
Said saleroom manager Dave Parker: “They were genuinely taken aback by our offer but now the Citadel Team can freeze foodstuffs donated by local supermarkets and provide hot food indoors and out to many needy recipients.
“The second project we are sponsoring during 2017 is to provide musical instruments to be used by the Salvation Army to give any child from any background music lessons for just 50 pence a session. This will hopefully encourage many children to take up music who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition.”
As part of the Christmas celebrations at the saleroom, the Salvation Army band will perform Christmas carols from 3pm during the auction preview day on Sunday November 27.
“We, of course, will be providing the mince pies and festive cheer,” Dave Parker added. “It is also our intention to take a collection on the day for the charity, which we will be supporting throughout the coming year with charity valuation days and other promotions.”
Picture above shows Major Mandy Sands, leader of Canterbury Salvation Army receiving a cheque from Dave Parker, saleroom manager at The Canterbury Auction Galleries