Silent auction to raise funds during Saturday’s Macmillan Charity Raceday at York Racecourse
Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a silent auction to raise vital funds for people living with cancer across Yorkshire.
The charity’s silent auction will end at 5pm on Saturday, June 12, to coincide with their annual Macmillan Charity Raceday.
This year is the 50th staging of the partnership between Macmillan and York Racecourse, which usually attracts 27,000 spectators, given the Government protocols for all events, the charity raceday will be taking place on a much smaller scale this year with 4,000 spectators expected.
Macmillan’s Silent Auction includes 39 generous lots and the money raised will go someway to cover the huge fundraising shortfall the charity has faced over the past year.
The organisation reported a loss of £1 million in fundraising income across Yorkshire because of the pandemic, as many of their planned events and activities had to be postponed or cancelled.
Some of the generous lots that have been donated to Macmillan include a Hooting Owl Gin tour at their distillery; a Porsche track day at Silverstone and a raceday box at York Racecourse followed by a Rick Astley concert, plus much more.
Jan Drinkall from Barmby Moor near Pocklington is a member of Macmillan’s York Fundraising Committee, she and her husband generously donated a three-night stay in Bournemouth (lot #18) to the auction to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
She said: “It’s sobering to know that Macmillan lost over £1 million in Yorkshire last year because of the pandemic, we just wanted to help in whatever way we could.
“I hope that people feel they can take the opportunity to treat themselves on some of the fabulous lots, while knowing they’re doing good for such a worthwhile cause.
“I’ve been involved with Macmillan for over 20 years and there’s never been a worse time to be diagnosed with cancer, as people have had their treatment disrupted or postponed, we can’t let cancer become the forgotten C in this pandemic.”
Macmillan’s Silent Auction is supporting their Yorkshire Appeal, meaning every penny raised will go towards supporting Macmillan services and professionals here in Yorkshire.
To view Macmillan’s silent auction and bid on the prizes visit www.macmillanauction.com