Mansfield 103.2 11-hour charity radio auction to raise thousands for Rainbows Hospice

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MANSFIELD radio station 103.2 is staging a marathon 11-hour auction later this month to raise funds for the Rainbows Hospice for children and young people.

Donated lots from local businesses and organisations - together with some star items - will go under the hammer on Thursday 19th April, from 8am to 7pm.

And Chad has teamed up with 103.2 to help to raise as much money as possible for the Loughborough-based Rainbows Hospice, which opened in 1994 and is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, offering care and support to children and their families.

Already the station has collected around 100 lots to be auctioned - and the plan is for at least 10 lots to go under the hammer every hour during the station’s special programme.

The items - which will be listed in full in next week’s Chad - include star lots such as signed JLS and One Direction T-shirts, together with a flight in a small aircraft and various signed sporting memorabilia.

There are also vouchers for meals at local restaurants, tickets to shows, toys, CDs, sporting items and much more.

The idea for the auction was dreamed up by 103.2’s managing director Tony Delahunty, after a fundraising event organised by three members of Warsop Rotary Club in support of the hospice.

Tony, a Rotarian at the club, said: “While I was enjoying an excellent evening, I felt that I had to do something to help the hospice.

“I had the idea for an auction and it has snowballed from there. I know the people of Mansfield, Ashfield and Bolsover are very generous and always help out on charity appeals and already we have had great support.

“Now we need them to tune in on Thursday 19th and bid, bid, bid!”

Ian Watkins, 103.2 breakfast show presenter, added: “We can’t thank the people who have donated the items enough - and we hope that listeners will be generous on the day and raise as much money as possible. Some of the lots have been collected by us at the station, for instance the JLS signed T-shirt was gained when the band came to Mansfield and the old Chicago Rock.”

If you have an item that you want to donate to the auction, get in touch with Jo Watts at Mansfield 103.2 on 646666 or email info@mansfield103.co.uk - and look out in next week’s Chad for a full list of the lots which will go under the hammer on Thursday 19th April.