Hospice Taranaki bets on auction to help fund palliative care services

Jessica Sinclair is among some of the most prized items at the auction, including a signed portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

VANESSA LAURIE / Stuff

Jessica Sinclair is among some of the most prized items at the auction, including a signed portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

A chance to grab a bargain or bid on a collectible while donating to a cause that helps those at the end of life takes place on Sunday.

The Hospice Shops Antiques and Collectables Auction will be held in the Hobson Room of the Devon Hotel in New Plymouth on June 19.

Up for grabs, for the right price, is a treasure trove of items, all of which have been donated to Hospice Taranaki to raise funds to fund its range of palliative care services.

Jessica Sinclair, head of retail at Hospice Taranaki, said the auction was a major fundraiser for the charity.

Last year’s event raised around $23,000, but she was hoping for more from the 2022 auction.

READ MORE:
* Taranaki Hospice Auction has something antique or collectible for everyone
* Hospice Taranaki seeks fundraising support as demand for services increases
* An engineering firm gathers for an art fundraiser

It comes at a time when the organization finds itself in financial difficulty, as it needs $4.5 million to balance the budget this year.

Hospice Taranaki chief executive Paul Lamb previously cited a shortfall of about $400,000 due to rising costs.

There are 228 items that will go under the hammer, including a range of coveted Crown Lynn vases, a limited edition print of Taranaki Maunga by acclaimed artist Michael Smither, and a signed black and white portrait photograph of the Queen. Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, which was taken in 1970.

Other pieces from the eclectic collection include jewelry, mid-century furniture, a Victorian top hat and a bassoon.

Sinclair said the auction was a chance for people to come together and have fun for a good cause.

Some items selected for the auction block come from families whose loved ones had received care from the service.

There’s no reserve price on any of the pieces listed, so Sinclair said there’s a chance of a bargain.

However, the focus was on turning the generosity and goodwill shown to Hospice Taranaki through donations into as much money as possible to help provide “first class service” to the people, she said.

Interested people can view the articles online or in person starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The auction is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.

For those wishing to make offers by mail or telephone, email [email protected]

Comments are closed.