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Signed guitars and an England football among the lots at event for kids hospice

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

Rail worker Colin Miller, 57, of Gough Side, Burton

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MORE than £2,000 has been raised as part of a special auction to help boost the Burton branch of a trust which offers palliative care for young children in Staffordshire.

Around 100 people turned out at the weekend as the Burton branch of the Donna Louise Trust held its annual fund-raising lunch at The Pavilion, Branston Golf and Country Club.

The highlight of the event was an auction which featured 40 lots including a guitar signed by the lead guitarist of rock band Motorhead and a wheelbarrow full of beer and glasses donated by brewing giant Molson Coors.

A spokesman for the event said that it went ‘very well’ and had been a ‘great success’.

Other items up for auction included a selection of caricatures as well as a signed England football, jewellery and a selection of vouchers.

The Mayor of East Staffordshire, Len Milner, was in attendance as well as a host of other luminaries from the across the area.

Particular praise was reserved for Jan Kirk who had helped put together the event for several years and, in particular, organise and collect a range of offerings for the auction side of the extravaganza.

Colin Miller, fund-raiser and professional Pavarotti lookalike, donated the most popular lot of the event – the signed guitar – after a friendship with the band’s guitarist Phil Campbell saw him hand over the memento.

Mr Miller, of Gough Side, Burton, said: “I do a lot for charities and wanted to do something local this time and so the guitar appeared at an auction, held by Richard Winterton, on behalf of The Donna Louise Trust.

“This is something that normally money cannot buy. It is a great piece of memorabilia.”

More information about the hospice is available by visiting www.donnalouisetrust.org

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