Michael Mullarkey and Richard Winterton with the limited edition signed Red Arrows artwork

An auction in the heart of Lichfield has raised £1,500 for charity.

Michael Mullarkey and Richard Winterton with the limited edition signed Red Arrows artwork

Richard Winterton Auctioneers hosted a watch and designer sale at St Mary’s in the Market Square and raised £1,000 for We Love Lichfield and a further £500 for the Guild of St Mary’s.

The sale began with three charity lots – a 2019 ICC World Cup England jersey, fully signed by the England team at Edgbaston before the semi-final against Australia, a cricket bat signed by cricketer Graeme Swann and sports broadcaster Pat Murphy, and a signed limited edition RAF Red Arrows 2019 artwork, donated by Michael Mullarkey and Michael’s Menswear.

These resulted in a total of £500 for the We Love Lichfield fund.

A percentage from the entire auction is also to be donated to the fund, with a matched amount going to The Guild Of St Mary’s – £500 each.

Introducing the auction, We Love Lichfield patron Simon Price said the fund was “giving money back to our community”.

Simon Price speaking at the auction

“Volunteers are wonderful people,” he said. “Lichfield is full of volunteers and you don’t realise how wonderful these people are until you actually meet them.

“Lichfield is getting bigger, funding is getting smaller and the pressure on voluntary groups is just growing and growing and growing.

“We raise money, we invest money and we give that money back. It’s like a pension fund for the future – the pot never gets smaller.

“We aim to give £50,000 a year away and [since the fund started] already we have helped 154 different voluntary organisations in the district of Lichfield.

“By Christmas 2019 we will have given back to our own community £200,000. But we do need to do more – it’s about helping our own community, our own people.”

Richard Winterton added: “We Love Lichfield is such an important fund which helps so many small local voluntary-run clubs and projects which so often provide an absolute lifeline in their community.

“It is a real privilege to be involved in this wonderful organisation and we are delighted to have been able to help.”

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