Coffin Mew Christmas charity auction raises over £2,250

Posted on: December 21st, 2018

Coffin Mew held a live charity auction at its recent Christmas party and raised over £2,250 for mental health charity Heads Together.

Miles Brown, CEO, and Mark O’Halloran, Head of Commercial Services, acted as comperes and auctioneers during the evening, attended by 140 staff at The Holiday Inn in Winchester.

Miles commented: “This was the first charity auction we’ve held as a firm and it was such a huge success that we’ve decided to repeat it at our Christmas celebrations in the future. We were delighted that our generous team members donated 15 prizes for the auction and that we managed to raise so much for such a deserving charity.”

The donated prizes revealed some hidden talents among the Coffin Mew team, with Associate Solicitor and qualified personal trainer Guy Cartwright offering three PT sessions, and Head of HR, teacher and experienced skier Liz Cheaney donating four hours of homework supervision or childminding as well as a ‘Ski Buddy’ session.

Multitalented Mark O’Halloran, Partner, auctioneer and song writer, raised the most by offering to write a personalised song which was scooped by Annabelle Vaughan and Liz Cheaney for £400.

Coming in at second, Chairman Nick Leavey and solicitor Lindsay Taylor jointly bid £200 for solicitor Pam Titmus to knit them each a Christmas jumper.

Head of Family and green-fingered Julie-Ann Harris generously donated a half day’s gardening assistance which was snapped up by Partner Alexander Wood.

Not to be outdone by super songwriter Mark O’Halloran, fellow musician and Partner Peter Fellows offered an hour’s keyboard session, won by office administrator Lyn Withers.

Head of Rural and Agri Derek Walsh has a fun day out in his diary, having taken home a motorbike ride and pub lunch prize with Solicitor James Kitching.

Other prizes included a photography session, a Choccywoccydoodah cake, a homemade cake, Christmas gift wrapping, party planning, skiing, pampering goodies and babysitting.

Guests were also entertained with live music from local band Contraband with Partner Peter Fellows on keyboard and further Coffin Mew cameos on a few songs from Doug Millar and Danny Dawkins on guitar and bass and Emily Brown on vocals. The band generously donated an additional £500 on the night for Heads Together.

“I knew we had a talented bunch at Coffin Mew, but it seems there are some serious hidden talents in our team” added Miles. “The evening was a huge amount of fun and we’re all now plotting even better prizes for next year!”