September 27, 2021

Sale of showhome furniture raises more than £30,000 for Cancer Research UK

A Bristol-based housebuilder has contributed over £30,000 to Cancer Research UK, after auctioning off showhome furniture to members of staff.

The money raised came from six separate auctions held by Bellway’s South West division, which is based in Bristol. Items of furniture which had been on display in showhomes at developments across the region were sold to the highest bidder.

Bellway double matched the money raised at the events – leading to a total donated to the charity of £31,211.37.

Cancer Research UK is Bellway’s national charity partner, and the housebuilder has raised more than £1.6 million nationally since 2016 from direct donations and fundraising initiatives.

Rachel Way, Sales Manager for Bellway South West, initiated and organised the charity auctions on behalf of the housebuilder.

Rachel said: “We have held six furniture auctions to date so far and with Bellway’s double price match contribution, we’ve managed to raise over £30,000 for Cancer Research UK, which is amazing.

“During these challenging times charities have struggled to raise money so this was an ideal way for us to help and we intend to continue this initiative whenever this opportunity arises.”

As well as raising money for a worthwhile cause, the auctions also ensure that showhome furniture is reused.

Rachel said: “We buy new and unused furniture for each showhome, so when a showhome closes we look for a way of disposing of the furniture in a sustainable way.

“What better way to recycle the furniture than to offer it for sale via an auction to staff whilst raising money for Bellway’s charity? It is for a good cause and the buzz of each auction within the division is brilliant.

“I take photos of each item, give it a lot number, and prepare a bidding sheet. All bids are collated and the highest bid wins. It is always a great event and the winners get a good product at a good price.”

Bellway South West is currently building new homes in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, and Gloucestershire.

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  • Bellway South West showhome furniture at showhomes across the region