The Island Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society held their bi-annual fundraising Dinner on Saturday 14th November.
It was held once again at the Eversley Hotel Ventnor.

What an amazing event from start to finish , with 96 guests, over 125 lots and in excess of 35 raffle prizes. Having enjoyed a three course dinner, the auction began, slowly at first but soon reached full speed. Tim Smith of Island Auction Rooms Shanklin, is a great supporter of the IOW MS Society and as well as organising the event, he also performed as a very successful auctioneer. He soon had the guests reaching deep in their pockets and sometimes getting carried away with the bidding.
The evening offered over 125 interesting donated lots including: Premiership football tickets and a waterproof camera thanks to RICHO, 14ct gold earrings, Glass Art picture, Mini digger and driver, half a local lamb, outside house clean, taxi return to any London airport, varied Island business vouchers for meals, a trip around the Needles and much more. Tim had to cope with lots of heckling and countered with his own banter. Having described the half a spring lamb (donated by an Island farmer), as a lovely lamb, one heckler asked how he knew, "It's not born yet!"
Half way through the lots, there was a break for people to replenish their glasses and for the raffle to be drawn. Helen and Rod did a great job selling raffle tickets, managing to sell over eight hundred pounds worth. How Tim managed to finish the evening without losing his voice was amazing, no microphone and working until the last lot was sold just before midnight. The auction raised over £5,500 and a high quality raffle raised £830. With donations due from employer’s schemes from two committee members, along with further donations made this the most successful fundraising event we have ever held. An impressive £8,336 was the final event total.
Funds are used for people with M.S. on the IOW by way of providing grants for living aids, specific alternative therapy subsidised voucher scheme and monthly socials. This all helps to support and provide comfort to many with the condition.
The committee expresses their thanks to Tim Smith and CROSS Printmedia for their sponsorship and the many committee members for all their efforts. Keith, the auctioneer’s dad-in-law made a special effort working throughout the day.
None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the most generous donations and bidding from so many individuals.



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