Auction of World War 1 Trail items set to boost the Every Heart Matters appeal
PUBLISHED: 12:58 08 December 2018
With over £15,000 already raised from the purchase of some of the artwork in the World War 1 Trail, in Bury St Edmunds, an auction is to take place in the town to sell off the rest of the items.
It is being held at the Lacy Scott & Knight salerooms, in Risbygate Street, with the profits going towards the Every Heart Matters appeal.
The campaign, which is being run by the My WiSH Charity, is close to reaching its £500,000 target for a new diagnostic unit for the West Suffolk Hospital and the charity organised the trail along with OurBuryStEdmunds, the businesses improvement group in the town.
The artwork, which has already been purchased, include the Trench, which has been bought by the East of England Co op and is now housed at Meredith Greengrass Funeral Directors; the Wooden Book, now at accountants Jacobs Allen; Silent Soldiers, LP Bar; Tank, Culford School; Zeppelin, Sybil Andrews Academy; Shell Shock, Coastline Graphics; Humphrey The Camel, West Suffolk Hospital’s cardiac unit; and the Mules Head, Beautiful Beers.
There are now seven other pieces which are to be auctioned at the sale on Saturday, December 15, between 1pm and 2pm, which include the Airedale Terrier, which was in the Greene King Café/Bar; the Peace Bells which hung in the entrance to the Cathedral; the Horse Bookcase displayed at Denny Bros; the Stained Glass Window from Moyse’s Hall Museum; the Panel Pictures from outside The Guildhall; the Oak Trench Art Cross, which was in the Abbey Gardens; and the Wooden Bookcase set inside St John’s Church.
Auctioneer Edward Crichton said: “Lacy Scott Knight have been in the town for 150 years and feel it’s vital to support local charities.
“My WiSH Charity do the most fantastic job in caring for the community in many different ways. For us to auction off the pieces of artwork from their World War 1 trail is the least we can do and for us to be able to do this free of charge means that more money goes directly to the charity and we are more than pleased that we are able to help.”
And Sue Smith, My WiSH head of fundraising, added: “We are so excited to at last see where these amazing artworks are going to be in their final resting place.
“I hope that they have given so much joy and inspiration to everyone that has completed the trail. We have had so much positive feedback and I would like to say thank you for everyone that has taken the time to get in touch.
“Having the auction will allow everyone to have the chance to own one of these incredible pieces and we couldn’t do this without the help of Lacy Scott Knight.
“They are such great supporters of ours and I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Ed Crichton and the team who have been wonderful. Please do come along on December 15 to have your chance of owning your favourite piece of history.”
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite that will provide quicker access to more treatments, but the £500,000 My WiSH Charity is hoping to raise will lead to the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, being brought together in one purpose-built centre.