It’s now just a matter of days before Richard Beattie of Beattie Livestock Sales prepares to take charge of the biggest charity auction he has ever worked on.
The ‘Auction of Hope’ will take place on Friday, April 16, and aims to raise significant funds to support two local charities, Air Ambulance NI (AANI) and Cancer Fund for Children, and will be hosted on MartEye, an online sales platform.
The auction is being organised by the new Air Ambulance NI Agribusiness Group, which has secured over 150 highly sought-after lot items from businesses across Northern Ireland.
Speaking on behalf of the AANI Agribusiness Group, Libby Clarke said: “We are so excited to share this catalogue of items with the NI public and help raise funds for these two incredible charities.
“Our agribusiness group has secured over 150 auction lots and will appeal to both farmers and non-agri, all purse strings and interests.
“We really hope everyone will download the MartEye app and join us online on Friday, 16th April, at 7pm.
“Sincere thanks once again to all those businesses who have supported this auction, we are honestly overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have contacted each of us in the Agribusiness Group wanting to donate what they can.
“There is an exciting range of items on offer, including a pedigree blue lamb, a pedigree Holstein heifer calf, goats, various weekend and week-long staycations, a range of livestock feed and bedding, cooking demo, tasting and drinks pairing in your home with Paula McIntyre and wonderful vouchers for afternoon teas, fashion boutiques, helicopter rides, parachute jumps – I would encourage everyone to get on and have a look, it’ll be a great night!”
Richard Beattie, of Beattie Livestock Sales, has a wealth of experience running livestock sales on a weekly basis along with his wife Selina.
Richard will host the charity agricultural auction online on April 16 and commented: “MartEye flourished last year when marts could no longer operate as normal and has brought trade online.
“Already thousands of sales have been held for the benefit of the farming community and I am sure that they will dig deep to help two loved charities when usual fundraising events have been cancelled.
“A lot of hard work has been put into securing all the auction lots and organising the auction, and it will be a busy night – but we’re ready for it.”
Although the group cannot accept any more lot donations for this auction, any monetary donations to the auction in support of both charities is most welcome.
n If you are interested in any of the items in the catalogue or have any queries, please contact Libby Clarke on 07775 584884.