Pub auction to help charities

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CHRISTMAS is a time for giving – and nowhere more so than at The Talbot Arms pub in Dronfield, where regulars have raised more than £85,000 for local charities over the years.

Next Monday they’re at it again, with their annual Boxing Day fundraising auction.

The first Talbot Arms auction was held over 40 years ago, and there has been one every year since.

Local man Roy Cutts first got involved over 20 years ago. He said: “My daughter was recovering from a serious illness, which pushed me to want to get involved in raising money for hospitals and similar charities.

“I approached The Talbot Arms and I have been involved since.”

Charities to have benefited include St Luke’s, Bluebell Wood and Ashgate hospices, and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

And as well as the annual Boxing Day auction the pub hosts raffles and quizzes every Sunday. Just a few weeks ago the pub donated £500 raised from quizzes and raffles to mountain rescue volunteers.

This year fundraisers are hoping to generate at least £2,000 from the Boxing Day auction.

Roy said: “If we manage it, we will have around £5,000 to donate to local charities in the new year.”

Items up for auction this year include a Compare the Meerkat stuffed toy, designer handbags, a £250 voucher from sponsors Ted Baker, signed football shirts, North Face coats and meals for four donated by local pubs.

But the star lot is a snooker cue signed by all 24 championship players from 2010. The cue is one of only six in circulation.

The auction begins on Monday at 12.30pm.