There are friends who provide a year long Christmas countdown, shops who start teasing during the summer and of course us who start ringing our jingle bells each October. We make no apologies and simply can't have Christmas without our festive showpiece and the opportunity for folks far and wide to bag a quality bargain in Ben and Finlay's auction!
It's time for our masterplan to swing into action with our annual request for you to turn out your cupboards!
The auction entails a vast amount of work but such has been the boys’ remarkable progress since we started working with Skybound Therapies that we simply must return to Wales again in 2017 for another week of intensive therapy and exposure to true professionals to exploit their willingness and skill in continuing the boys’ fantastically positive development.
The whole trip costs in excess of £7,000 by the time we pay travel and accommodation costs for us and the boys, not to mention the intensive course fees. The auction is a huge help in meeting these costs, which may seem large but we tend to focus on the spend to save principle that by investing in the boys now, we will hopefully reap the benefits in future years.
We know the boys’ disability is so profound that they will live with us as long as we able to look after them (hopefully a long, long time yet!) and then who knows what the future will hold for them. They will not lead an independent life but what we are striving to do via their home program is teach them living skills such as feeding, toileting, dressing etc and functional communication (the boys are non-verbal) via the app Proloquo2go, so that when they are cared for by others they can hopefully communicate their needs and wants and be understood .If you think how far they have come in the last few years in terms of these important life skills, we believe they are certainly a good investment but of course we are biased!
So! We will once again be hosting the annual spectacular that is ‘Ben and Finlay’s 12 Days of Christmas Auction’ between 01 December and 14 December 2016 (yes, it's actually 14 days' long!). We of course hugely appreciate everyone who has supported this event in previous years, particularly those who have donated the many wonderful lots and those who have bid so freely in securing them. It would be great if we could get anywhere near the totals raised in previous years as this would make a huge dent in our expenditure for Wales in May 2017.
We are very conscious that there are also so many other equally deserving causes but once again seek your indulgence in supporting the boys to a brighter future. Many organisations now have dedicated national charities they support so our reliance on friends and colleagues and their network of contacts becomes ever more important.
Family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances – please have a look around your homes and workplaces and see if there is anything new that you can donate as a lot in our auction. We welcome all donations with open arms, be it a bottle of whisky, a voucher for dinner or a unique souvenir. Equally please suggest any businesses or organisations that would be worth approaching for a lot. We have letters prepared that we are happy to share if anyone thinks they have a friend or contact who may be able to support us.
We offer truly global exposure and a guaranteed audience of over 10,000 viewers over a short two-week window. Not a bad marketing opportunity!
We will hopefully have our old favourites but would love some new and different items to generate yet more interest in our two little stars. Speaking of stars, we always have room for a special star item to sit atop the tree; does anyone have a star quality item that could be an instant hit??
With your support we look forward to another fantastic event. Thank you; you don’t know how much your support means!