Devizes auction house boosts fundraising

Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd, The Devizes Auctioneers and Paul Martin have donated £2,000 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance from auction profits made following a Valuation Day in March.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Devizes auction house boosts fundraising

Mr Martin is an ambassador for the charity and welcomed hundreds to the Devizes’ Corn Exchange in March to have their prized possessions valued for free by the auction house’s Valuations team.

For those who decided to consign their items to auction with Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd, the auction house donated 100% of their seller’s commission from each sale to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Given the popularity of the Valuation Day and subsequent auction, a bumper cheque has now been presented to the lifesaving charity.

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraising manager Fraser Normington said: “It was great to see so many people take up the option to have their heirlooms and possessions valued by Paul and the team at Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd in March.

“Lots of people decided to carry their items forward into the auction and that has generated an amazing £2,000 donation towards our lifesaving work.”

Fraser Normington, fundraising manager

Mr Martin, who is head of valuations for Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd, said: “The Valuation Day in Devizes proved so popular, and in turn that has helped to raise vital funds for a charity close to my heart, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“Thank you to everyone who came along, especially to those individuals who then went on to sell their items at auction with my colleagues at Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd.

“It’s great that they’ve been able to make some money from the auction and, at the same time, support their local air ambulance charity’s essential work.”

Andrew Aldridge, managing director of Henry Aldridge and Son Ltd, said “We are delighted to hand over this donation to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Although we have a global reputation for the sale of collectors’ items and Titanic memorabilia, we are a family-run business and our heart lies with our local community and Wiltshire Air Ambulance is an integral part of that.”

Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd are one of the South West's premier auctioneers of antiques and collector's items. A family-run business operated by husband and wife team Andrew and Chrissie Aldridge, they are based at the Bath Road Business Centre in Devizes.

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