Charity art auction in Margate raises £8k for Pilgrims Hospices

Auctioneer James Linington accepting bids at the charity art auction

An auction in Margate of 100 pieces of donated art has raised £8000 for Pilgrims Hospices.

Held at the Anthony Giles Studio on Saturday (July 1), visitors, artists and those who had donated, came together to experience the excitement of a charity auction.

Host Anthony Giles, Karen Kenward, from Pilgrims Hospices and auctioneer James Linington

Karen Kenward, Pilgrims Community Fundraising Manager, said: “It has been very exciting to collaborate with Anthony Giles, his studio was a perfect venue and location to showcase the wonderful pieces of artwork so generously donated.

“Visitors came to view the collection throughout the week prior to the auction, which started at 1pm on Saturday. Auctioneer James Linington, from The Canterbury Auction Galleries,  brought a wonderful charm, humour to the day, and delight when bringing down the gavel marking the end of bidding on an item, and congratulating the winning bidders. The sense of accomplishment for the successful bidders was often shared and celebrated by the audience.”

Artist Katrina Dalamore with her painting – Dusk

The auction included a diverse range of artwork and collectables donated by local, and some more prominent artists.  The afternoon brought some exciting moments, with the room filled by applause as the successful bidder was announced.

Karen added: “People not only had the opportunity to add exceptional artwork to their collections, but also contributed to the important work of Pilgrims Hospices.

Artist Shane Mccoubrey with his painting- Colourful Abstract

“I would like to thank Anthony Giles and James Linington for their support throughout, it has been a fantastic way to raise funds for Pilgrims. The event was made special by the support of many Pilgrims volunteers, the Copy Shop printers, and most importantly everyone who submitted art or generously made a bid.

Karen Kenward with some of Pilgrims amazing volunteers

“Overall, the combination of lively bidding, the sound of auctioneer’s gavel, and the announcement of the winning bids created a thrilling atmosphere, that contributed to the excitement and enjoyment of the auction.

“Thank you once again, we hope those who made a purchase, enjoy their art as much as we did in receiving it, and displaying it.”

Pilgrims Chair of Trustees Karen Warden – Anthony Giles artists and studio owner – Karen Kenward Pilgrims Fundraising Manager

Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured.  The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.