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Lots on offer as online auction organised by Highland supporters of Marie Cure charity during coronavirus crisis gets under way

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An online auction will benefit Marie Curie.
An online auction will benefit Marie Curie.

Highland supporters of a leading charity have organised an online auction to support it during the coronavirus crisis - and the action starts today.

Marie Curie patron, Emma Mackenzie, said: “This idea has been in the making since lockdown, but we were well aware that the timing had to be right.

“We have been overwhelmed with a truly wonderful array of amazing and diverse lots for both a local or UK-wide audience.

“Whether it’s a stay at our iconic Eilean Donan Castle, Whelprigg House in Cumbria or a cottage in the middle of nowhere, there really is something for everyone.”

The charity provides care and support through terminal illness.

The charity’s community fundraiser, Vonnie Stevenson, welcomed the initiative and said: “This income is so important to us – more so than ever before.

“As with so many businesses and charities, Marie Curie is facing a devastating loss of funds at a time when our services are in more demand than ever before.

“Every day and night, Marie Curie frontline nurses are giving vital care and support to dying people in their homes across the UK.

“At this time of national emergency, these crucial services are needed more than ever.

“It’s so important that we can continue to be there to give patients the care they need at such a desperate time.”

She added: "Unlike lots of other charities, we can’t just turn off our taps until the situation improves. We’ve committed to our NHS partners and patients that we will be there to deliver care, and we’ve got to continue to be there."

Lots include cookery demonstrations, golf stays, Good Highland Food private dining, dinner for ten at The Cavalry Club in London, a fabulous Leonie Gibb painting, the chance to be a zoo keeper for the day and sought-after Belladrum 2021 tickets.

The auction will be live online from 9am this Friday until 9pm on July 10 at https://mariecurie2020.aucsys.co.uk/

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