Kind artists donate work to charity’s online sale
AN ONLINE art auction is to be held to raise money for a Shepshed charity.
Katy Widdowson, the marketing officer at Steps, came up with the idea of an online Art Auction.
She and other staff contacted local and national artists, plus craftspeople, to ask if they would donate a piece of their work.
Katy said: “When I first had the idea for the auction, I didn’t think it would develop into such a big event.”
Over 60 artists donated paintings and prints and local craftspeople gave a wide range of hand-made items for the Steps Craft Stall.
All the items for sale can be previewed during an exhibition in the Students Union building, at Loughborough University on November 27th and 28th from 10 am till 3pm.
There will be a range of craft stalls where you will be able to make purchases at the event.
There will also be a prize draw where you could win a fabulous prize. Katy continued: “The Auction will go live on Ebay on 19th November and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a positive response.”
There is more information on the Steps website at www.stepscentre. org.uk and social media platforms. Bid online auction at www.ebay.co.uk/usr/stepsconductive
Steps is an organisation that provides a free service for children who have conditions that affect their movement, such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
Now in its 27th year, Steps, as with all other charities, had to cancel its fundraising events due to the pandemic so the pressure is on to start topping up the coffers!
It costs £220,000 every year to cover the running costs of the centre so the staff and trustees at Steps were set a challenge to raise £25,000 by Christmas.
When I first had the idea for the auction, I didn’t think it would develop into such a big event.