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West Suffolk Hospital’s Christmas charity auction in aid of neo-natal unit

PUBLISHED: 16:04 09 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:08 09 November 2013

Head of fundraising at West Suffolk Hospital Dave Gooderham and a group of friends have scaled the largest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise more than £6,000 for the hospital. 
You can help too by taking part in the hospital's online auction.

Head of fundraising at West Suffolk Hospital Dave Gooderham and a group of friends have scaled the largest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise more than £6,000 for the hospital. You can help too by taking part in the hospital's online auction.

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Fancy having a rugby World Cup winner take a training session and talk to your school? Or have a three-course dinner cooked in your own home by renowned chef Regis Crepy?

Maybe you would like to win a rare opportunity to own a picture of a RAF Lakenheath fighter jet signed by the entire serving squadron or take tea with David Ruffley MP at the House of Commons veranda. How about a day at the races followed by cocktails, dinner and a stay at the four-star luxury Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds?

These perfect Christmas presents and much, much more, are all going under the virtual hammer to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital’s Neonatal Unit from Sunday, December 1.

The auction has been supported by renowned Bury St Edmunds auctioneers, Lacy Scott & Knight, who will host it on their website, and has received some amazing auction items from local businesses and individuals alike.

Regis Crepy, owner of Maison Bleue, the Great House and Mariners, has offered the chance to have him cook a three-course menu for a maximum of six people, in your home (which must be no more than a 20-mile radius from Lavenham).

You could win special training sessions by Rugby World Cup winner Andy Gomarsall, courtesy of Bury-based Network 2 Supplies Ltd, and a goalkeeping session by Ipswich Town keeper Scott Loach.

Suffolk Magazine is giving away the chance to be a model in the magazine’s fashion pages, while you can also watch Ipswich Town in either an executive box for six or alongside popular ex-player Simon Milton in the directors’ box – the choice is yours!

A chance to save money on your big day by winning a hand-tied bridal bouquet plus wedding nails and make-up has been donated by Tudor Rose florists, in Bury, and The White Studio in Glemsford, is going under the hammer while David Ruffley has offered afternoon tea for two with him at the House of Commons.

Greene King have donated two nights and one dinner at any of their Old English Inns while you could win a beer tasting dinner for six at Benson Blakes or a six-course taster menu, with wine, at the Six Bells in Horringer.

Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager for West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “We are truly humbled by the level of support, and level of wonderful and unique auction prizes, we have received for the auction.

“The Neonatal Unit is a very special place for me personally, after my son, George, was born premature and spent two-and-a-half weeks there.”

The auction will run on the website of Lacy Scott & Knights, http://www.lskauctioncentre.co.uk, from Sunday December 1- Sunday December 15.

Anyone who would like to donate a prize should contact Dave Gooderham on 01284 712952 or dave.gooderham@wsh.nhs.uk before Friday November 22.

Auction prizes confirmed so far!

A rare opportunity to have rugby World Cup winner Andy Gomarsall take a training session and talk to a school (Suffolk-only). Donated by Network 2 Supplies Ltd

A special goalkeeping training session in a school or youth team by Ipswich Town keeper Scott Loach

Pictures of F15Es from the United States Air Force 492nd and 494th Fighter Squadrons, RAF Lakenheath, signed by the pilots serving in those squadrons, October 2013

Race, ride and relax package at the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds

A beer-tasting dinner, with five-course tasting menu with beer to match each course, for six people, courtesy of Benson Blakes and Beautiful Beers in Bury St Edmunds

Afternoon tea for two with David Ruffley MP at the House of Commons veranda

An executive box for six at a future Ipswich Town match, donated by Archant

Two night bed and breakfast stay at an Old English Inn with dinner on one of the nights, donated by Greene King

Be a model in a photo shoot for Suffolk Magazine

Ipswich Town Media Package: Shadow club Social Media Officer, Jonny Ogle, on a pre-match press day and then shadow EADT Ipswich Town reporter Stuart Watson on match-day

Champagne afternoon tea at the Swan, Lavenham

Ipswich Town tour and two tickets in the directors box for an upcoming game, as guest of ex-player Simon Milton

A six-course tasting-style menu with wine for two people at the Six Bells in Horringer

Two premier enclosure tickets for any fixture at Newmarket Racecourses (excluding Feature Days and Adnams Newmarket Nights)

A two-hour corporate photo-shoot, courtesy of freelance photographer Tudor Morgan-Owen

A wedding package: hand-tied bridal bouquet donated by Tudor Rose AND wedding make-up and nails courtesy of The White Studio

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