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PICTURE: Massive total from Dingwall Mart charity auction split between Maggie’s Highland and the Highland Hospice from proceeds of items including signed Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United shirt and quad bike from Frank Nicol

By Imogen James

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A MASSIVE auction hosted in Ross-shire’s county town has delivered a hugely welcome boost to two Highland charities providing a lifeline service to locals at their time of greatest need.

Dingwall Mart hosted the Big Highland Auction back in November of last year, raising a staggering £129,000 in just one day thanks to the generous support of donors,
sponsors and members
of the public.

Lots up for grabs ranged from a Manchester United shirt signed by Cristiano Ronaldo to a pedigree bull and holiday breaks.

A quad bike gifted by local business Frank Nicol was the highest selling auction item on the day, pulling in £7200.

The cash raised was split between Maggie’s Highland and the Highland Hospice.

A cheque was presented to each charity at the mart this week with each welcoming a £64,530 boost to their offers.

The ambitious target of £125,000 was exceeded on the day as people dug deep to chip in.

A total of 496 items were donated.

Dingwall and Highland Marts said: “A huge thank you to everyone involved and a massive thank you to all our staff who helped make this sale a great success – we can’t operate as a business without this very dedicated team.”

The event was sponsored by MacGregor Industrial Supplies, Ross-shire Engineering, Global Infrastructure and The Port of Nigg.

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