Picture perfect fund-raiser boosts chairman’s charities

East Riding of Yorkshire Council chairman Coun Chad Chadwick and his wife Coun Margaret Chadwick review some of the art up for auction.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council chairman Coun Chad Chadwick and his wife Coun Margaret Chadwick review some of the art up for auction.

A CHARITY art auction raised thousands in aid of two causes chosen by the chairman of East Riding Council.

Art donated by renowned Bridlington artists and photographers were auctioned to guests at the Spa Bridlington on Thursday 18 October, raising £7,500 for charity.

Prints from, among others, David Hockney, Rosemary Abrahams, Tony Hogan, Steve Race and even the Free Press’ very own Paul Atkinson were available to be bid on by guests with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Castle Hill Hospital, and the Bridlington and District branch of the RSPCA.

Coun Chadwick said: “I am absolutely blown away. The generosity of people towards charities is fantastic. It was just a surprise, and I did a little speech at the end and quite frankly, I was speechless. I couldn’t put it into words.

“It was a superb evening, the Spa staff did an absolutely great job. I would just like to say thank you to all the people who were involved.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust aims to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer sufferers by providing specialist support. The RSPCA Bridlington and District branch looks after and finds new homes for around 400 animals a year, and needs to raise around £3,500 each week to pay for their care.