Auction hammers out cash for charity

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THE HAMMER came down on a successful charity auction at the Empire pub and restaurant in Hucknall in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The event was organised by members of staff at late notice but still raised more than £316 for the worthwhile cause.

Items were donated by local businesses and regulars at the venue on Morven Avenue off Beardall Street.

Lots ranged from vouchers for local hairdressing salons to a Dyson vacuum cleaner and hand-made walking sticks created by Jack Darrington, father of Empire owner Richard.

England football shirts were even up for grabs — items that proved popular with younger members of the audience. Auctioneer for the night was Empire regular Dave Gargett.

The event was the brainchild of Empire staff members Heather Gretton and Nicola Wood.

Heather said: “It was really good. It was quite amazing to witness the generosity of everyone involved from those who donated items for sale to those who bid on things.

“Going forward, we might stage a fundraising auction more regularly.”

OUR PHOTO shows auctioneer Dave Gargett with youngsters (from left) Reece Wood, Michael Taylor, Keilan Gretton and Alex Humphreys battling it out for one of the star lots at the auction, an England football shirt — DISPIC NHUD 11-3115-1