Aston Rose Auctions – For one night only

Local famous faces from TV, together with an Aston Rose contingent, helped to raise around £5000 on Monday to assist children from Richmond borough have a better start in life. Julie Peasgood from Brookside and Emmerdale, John Altman from Eastenders and Gary Webster from Minder all supported Home-Start Richmond at its 15th Anniversary Dinner at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park. The dinner was organised and hosted by Home-Start Richmond supporters Frances and Neil Spurrier, helped by their son Charlie who performed stand up comedy, son James who ran the disco and daughter Annabel who donated her professional make-up expertise to the Auction of Promises. The event was supported by Gregory Rowcliffe Milners Solicitors and Aston Rose Chartered Surveyors. John Williams from Aston Rose acted as Auctioneer and managed to raise over £2,300 on the night. Home-Start Richmond is the largest family charity in the borough, this year aiming to help around 200 families with young children under the age of five. The charity trains volunteers to visit local families who are experiencing difficulties such as severe post-natal depression, isolation, disability, family breakdown or a combination of these factors that can affect children’s welfare. Manager Martina Philips said ‘We are absolutely delighted with the response to the 15th Anniversary Dinner. Everyone has been so generous, donating prizes for the raffle and auction and buying tickets. Thanks to Frances and Neil, we shall be using the money to train more volunteers so that we can help more local families who need us.’ Photo above shows (L to R) John Altman, Wendy Turner Webster, Gary Webster, Julie Peasgood, Angie Ahmed, Martina Philips)