Auction raises thousands for cancer charity

Auctioneer Graham Barton in action, Picture A&LCS

Auctioneer Graham Barton in action, Picture A&LCS - Credit: Archant

The money will be used to help people in the Axminster and Lyme area affected by cancer

A charity auction raised £3,812.21 to provide services and support for people in the Axminster and Lyme Regis area affected by cancer.

The event, at Lyme Regis Golf Club, was hosted by TV auctioneer Graham Barton.

Organised by Axminster and Lyme Regis Cancer Support, more than 50 people attended and there were 45 lots to bid for – from ice cream and cakes to an iPad and a week’s holiday in Scotland.

The auction also featured a special donation from the makers of Ammonite, currently being filmed in Lyme.

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Mary Kahn, the organiser of the auction and founder of the charity, said: “I am amazed at the generosity of those attending and those who very kindly promised services or made donations for us to sell to raise this money.

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“A special thank-you to Graham Barton who made the evening fun and humorous.

“Thank-you also to Duncan Driver at the golf club.

“This is our largest single amount raised and allows us to continue to provide much needed services locally, to those affected by any cancer. Thank-you to everyone who made the evening such a success.”

Axminster and Lyme Regis Cancer Support was set-up just six months ago to provide support and services to anyone affected by any cancer. It provides a weekly drop-in service, alternating between the two towns, provides additional services from registered therapists as well as one-off events.

If anyone would like to contact the charity or find out more about its services, or to make a donation, the website is or email

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