Well - what can we say! - a staggering £2,809 was raised at the Charity Auction on Wednesday 8th June. 50 Pledges were auctioned and every single one was bought! 
The evening started with a pub full of happy people - made even happier by the splendid buffet laid on by Simon and Corinna, owners of the Bridford Inn. Everyone came prepared with pockets full of cash, cheque books and credit cards. Sarah Eatherington got the audience in the buying mood by selling a box full of Help for Heroes wrist bands.  
Doug made a speech, thanking everybody for coming and the serious business got underway 
Chris Hampton, the Auctioneer, got the ball rolling with the first bid - a full valet for a car, donated by Yeoman Citroen. Bidding was slow to start but soon got going and a bargain car valet was bagged by Doug's daughter Jo. 
After that there was no stopping them - bids flew thick and fast. Within two hours every single pledge was snapped up, a home photo shoot, a days' work strimming, horse transport, rounds of golf - and so on. 
Both Doug and Sue were overwhelmed by the generosity of not only the people who bid and paid for a pledge, but the individuals and companies who donated them in the first place. We wish to thank everybody who attended the event and thank the following companies and individuals who donated the pledges  
Full valet for a car - Yeoman Citroen 
Home Photo shoot plus framed 10"x8" photo - Katie Thompson 
Car Service to the value of £200 - Swanson Ford Newton Abbot 
Cut and Blow Dry - Abbots Kerswell 
£100 voucher for goods - Civil Solutions 
2 days self-drive digger hire - Brett Darke 
1 days' strimming/chain sawing - Brian Inwood 
6 hours of general work - Sarah Eatherington 
Selection of wine provided and delivered for 4 people - Suzy Atkins 
Horse transport up to 100 mile round trip - Willhays Horse Transport 
Tour of Dartmoor on a BMW motorbike - Phil Caruthers 
A class 4 MOT Test - Volksbury Limited Torquay 
Just some of the companies who donated 
A candlelit dinner for two - The Bridford Inn 
A days general work - Mike Cox 
A round of golf for four people - Teign Valley Golf Club 
A Hamper - GM Coachworks 
Car service up to £150 - A.J. Blackler Newton Abbot 
A Life Coaching session - Ian Acheson 
4 hours ironing per week for four weeks - Wendy Eatherington 
A set of spirit levels in case - Jewsons Sowton Branch 
A days tree work or gardening - Alan Robinson 
MOT test up to Class 7 - Denbury Diesels Limited 
Cut and Blow Dry - Sue Woodleigh 
2 hours Agricultural machine work/welding - Paul Hoskins 
Return taxi trip to Exeter/Newton Abbot for up to 6 - Christow Cars 
1 Day Digger hire or other work - Neil Fox 
2 Hours introduction to fly fishing/casting - Dave Hoskins 
4 hours Gardening - Tom 
4 hours Cleaning - Rachael Pegley 
A full Body Massage - Helen Thomas 
Round of Golf for 4 people - Teign Valley Golf Club 
Class 4 MOT - Volksbury Limited - Torquay 
2 Hours Horse Management - Caroline Brimblecombe 
Dumpy Bag of logs - Mark Kirby 
A lorry load of sand - Hansons 
6 hours work - Steve Blight 
A Painting - Paula Fox 
A Boiler Service - Tim Russell 
4 Hours carpentry or window cleaning - Trevor Steward 
Cooked and delivered 3 course meal for 4/6 - Kate Caruthers 
A £50 voucher - M & M Tyres 
A Painting - Pat Bursey 
Celebration Cake - Katrina Stone 
A day digger and driver - Doug "Monty" Hamilton-Cox 
Freeview set top box - Jacobs Ariel's Torquay 
Night at Boutique B & B - Higher Westcott 
Four Ball at Woodbury Park Golf Club 
2 Nights B & B at Skipton - North Yorkshire 
Pet Foods - Animal Crackers - Mortenhampstead 
Flight for two from Dunkerswell 
With Doug putting his best foot forward, walking North and South of the Border to raise funds, the villagers of Bridford put their thinking caps on to decide how they could support him and boost his target. 
“I’d be happy to donate some time doing gardening for somebody” said someone, “I’d cook a meal” said another. Soon we had a flood of offers. So the idea of an Auction of Pledges came about. 
The village of Bridford is lucky to have one of the best Inns in the area, the Bridford Inn, and Simon and Corinna Medland, the owners, kindly offered to host the evening. 
But an Auctioneer had to be found – no auction is complete without a “man with a gavel”. Enter Christopher Hampton from Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, the well known Exeter based fine arts auctioneers. 
Christopher, with a little persuasion from Simon, has volunteered to be our star auctioneer. Our “Pledges” will probably not match the works of art he normally sells – but it’s all in a good cause and we are eternally grateful to Christopher for being such a good sport. 
The Auction will be held on Wednesday the 8th June and will start at 8.00 pm. If Doug keeps to schedule (and he has so far) he will be joining us on his way down to Lands End for the evening festivities. With over 50 pledges so far – and more to come – the evening promises to be both a lively event and, hopefully, very profitable. 
We cannot thank everyone enough for the enthusiasm they have shown in offering their “pledges” so willingly, which just goes to show that the cause is worth supporting. 
We look forward to seeing as many people as possible 
Please come back to this page for a regular update on new pledges that have been received
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