Auction a 'massive success'

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 August 2014

(Centre) CHSW fund raiser Louise Turner with Tessa's family, friends and members of Blagdon Valley Gun Club preparing for the aauction.

(Centre) CHSW fund raiser Louise Turner with Tessa's family, friends and members of Blagdon Valley Gun Club preparing for the aauction.

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A FUNDRAISER in Blagdon last weekend smashed its £15,000 target, raising an estimated £18,000 for Children's Hospice South West.

The weekend was in memory of Tessa Moore, a baby girl from the village who suffered from Edward’s syndrome and died at just 40 days old.

A third of babies born with the condition die within a month of birth due to problems such as heart and kidney failure.

Niki Martini, who helped to organise the event described the support Children’s Hospice South West provided to Tessa’s parents, Colin and Sophie Moore, as ‘fantastic’, and said the village ‘wanted to give something back’.

She said: “Sophie and Colin are very popular in the village. No-one should have to go through that, but the hospice made it so much easier.”

There were a number of events across the weekend, including a shooting competition, a skittle tournament and an auction of promises.

Mrs Martini said the auction - which sold unusual lots such as two hours of ironing, one day of manual labour, bespoke fishing rods, designer shoes and more - was a ‘massive success’.

She said: “We haven’t managed to total up everything yet but we think it’s around £18,000.

“We live in an amazing community, everyone pulled together and showed their support. Sophie and Colin are just completely overwhelmed.”

For more information on the Tessa Moore Memorial Weekend visit www.facebook.com/tessamoorememorial

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