Art Auction Raises More Than £6,400 To Help Support Struggling Suffolk Families

Home-Start in Suffolk hosted their first ever online art auction this month and raised a fantastic £6444.

With the help of several local artists and friends, the team at Home-Start in Suffolk have launched the very first Home-Start in Suffolk “Art Auction” featuring nearly 50 amazing pieces including original works of local artists Theronda Hoffman, Allan Williams and the ever mysterious “The Hat” – who has been creating pieces of artwork and leaving them across East Suffolk for people to find and auction off for charity! As well as a special limited edition signed, leather bound copy of Moriarty by Home-Start in Suffolk Patron Anthony Horowitz OBE.

Home-Start in Suffolk has been supporting Suffolk families for over 20 years & is instrumental in early intervention to prevent families reaching crisis point. Helping families as they navigate through challenges such as bereavement, long term illness, domestic abuse, isolation, poor mental health, disabilities & so much more, Home-Start in Suffolk work alongside the statutory services & are highly respected amongst their partners & peers.

Alison Watson, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Home-Start in Suffolk said “We are absolutely delighted that the auction has been such a success! When we started this venture, we were hoping it would be popular, but we have been overwhelmed by the response and are beyond thrilled with the final total raised!”

The idea of launching an art auction came when we had to move our main fundraising event, The Moonlight Ball to next year leaving us with 2 amazing pieces of art that had been kindly donated for the event.

“With all our events being cancelled this year we have a huge fundraising deficit of £75,000.” Alison explained. “We have had to come up with new innovative ways to try to raise these funds and so we set about hosting our own online art auction to sell, initially, these 2 original pieces. Then with the help of our network of ambassadors, we set to work, calling for more support in sourcing new artwork for the auction.”

The auction saw record numbers visiting the website page set up specifically for the event and the team at Home-Start couldn’t be more pleased with the enthusiasm and excitement that the auction has generated.

The items that proved most popular were of course the striking piece entitled “Contagious” by the elusive artist known as “The Hat”; the 4 stunning pieces kindly donated by local artist Theronda Hoffman; The breath-taking painting entitled The Blue Wreck by Allan Williams; and of course that amazing limited edition signed book donated by Anthony Horowitz OBE!

For more information about Home-Start in Suffolk visit or call 01473 621104

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