Creative auction proves a masterpiece of fund raising

Hebden Spirit auction at the town hall
Hebden Spirit auction at the town hall

The hammer went down on dozens of lots as thousands of pounds was raised at auction to boost flood-hit Hebden Bridge businesses.

Hebden Spirit, the fund-raising creative auction that was started on Twitter by Helen Russell of Mercury Arts, took place on Friday evening at the town hall and raised £6,491.

The event attracted a total of 103 lots, donated from artists all over the UK, but with a strong emphasis on talent from Hebden Bridge itself.

Hebden Bridge is planning a food festival later this month, a poetry trail and lots of exciting festive events which will be included on a Pop Up Hebden that will travel the north of England, telling people that the town is back open for business. Money raised at the auction will help fund many of these projects.

Alison Bartram, owner of Heart Gallery on Market Street, said: “All businesses in Hebden Bridge have been affected by the floods as members of the public are under the impression that we’re still devastated and we need to tell them we’re ready for them to come back and visit our beautiful town.”

Amy Leader, business development officer at the town hall, said: “The fact that the auction raised so much money is positive for the town in so many ways; as a show of support, and also to fund projects that remind people why Hebden Bridge is so unique.”

Auctioneer on the night, Jason Elliott, thanked the artists that had donated work, the people that turned up to bid on the night and the team of volunteers that had put the event together.