On Friday the 15 of April, FOWPS organised an Auction of Promises at the school.
This is the first time we’ve hosted this type of fundraiser and were thrilled by the response by local businesses and community members. A huge variety of promises were offered ranging from cakes to brewery tours, family days out, portrait drawing, vouchers, meals out, chocolate hampers, discos, signed shirts, tools, plants, West Berkshire Brewery Beer, extra lessons, babysitting , dog grooming, furniture painting, knife sharpening, logs, car services and MOT, Pilates sessions, boiler service, electrician’s labour, tractor rides, homework help, massage, swimming sessions, jams, Ella’s kitchen goodies, round of golf, domestic cleaning, photographic sessions, jewellery, books, canoe trip, helicopter ride and various other gifts.
With around 50 people in attendance, each with their specially made bidding paddles, the fun started. Keith Masdin, our auctioneer and grandpa to one of the children in Hornbeam class, had us laughing and engaged in the merriment of the evening within minutes. Some fierce bidding took place for the more coveted and unusual items much to the amusement of all!
The FOWPS committee provided a table of nibbles and soft drinks and also did the bidding on behalf of those who were unable to attend and had sent in sealed bids.
By 10pm, all the lots were sold raising a staggering £3501 for the school.
A big thank you to the FOWPS team who organised it all, to those who so generously donated their gifts and talents and to the Masdin and Homer family for running the auction so smoothly. We’ve had lots of positive comments from many who attended and hope to make this a regular feature of our fundraising efforts for our school.
If you missed out this time, we hope to see you at the next!