Fisheries charity auction offers lots that money can’t buy

01/06/2017

Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) has announced that bidding for unique and extraordinary encounters available through its annual auction will open on 18th September 2017.

The now eagerly awaited S&TC UK  annual on-line, silent and live auctions are gearing up to offer some truly remarkable and rare opportunities to bid for exclusive fishing opportunities, stunning works of art, fishing and feasting packages as well as special shoot days,  all of which will be the envy of family and friends.

For starters, S&TC UK is delighted that renowned New Forest wildlife sculptor, Geoffrey Dashwood, is generously donating a new life-sized bronze sculpture of a dipper to the charity’s auction this year.

This magnificent limited edition piece will be specially created for S&TC UK’s ‘live’ auction, which takes place on Thursday 12th October 2017.

The online auction opens on 18th September and will run for six-weeks, while the silent and live auctions will be held during S&TC UK’s prestigious Dinner, held in the classic splendour of Fishmongers’ Hall in London on Thursday 12th October.  The redesigned auction site will include the facility for bidders not attending the Dinner to leave commission bids on those items only on offer at the Dinner.

At last year’s auction and dinner an impressive £100,000 was raised, but the hope is to achieve significantly more this year.

Veronica Kruger, the S&TC Dinner and Auction organiser says, “With the support of our generous donors and bidders we feel very confident that we will make it – and even, perhaps a little bit more.

“There is something for everyone and to suit every pocket in both the online and live auctions.  From a VIP day at Newbury Races to a classic two nights fishing break at the famous Arundell Arms in Devon.  Generous donations mean that we can offer sculpture, art, dining, fine wines, and a wide variety of fishing – sea trout, salmon, grayling and bass, from the chalkstreams and coastline of southern England all the way up to Iceland.  Guide prices start at just £40.”

Paul Knight, Chief Executive of S&TC UK says, “We rely heavily on this major annual fund-raising event to support our important scientific research as we do not receive any funding from Government.  Our on-going national Riverfly Census has clearly identified the shocking state of some of our freestone rivers and chalkstreams. But there is much more that needs to be done in terms of research and providing the evidence and data needed to protect our rivers and aquatic wildlife, as well as identifying workable solutions.  We hope that as many people as possible who love to fish or just enjoy these unique river environments will support us and join in the competition to bid for some exceptional experiences.

The S&TC Annual Online auction opens on Monday 18th September (when registration opens at www.salmon-trout.org).

 For more information or to donate auction lots, please contact: Veronica Kruger on email: auction@salmon-trout.org.

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Notes to editors

Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) was established as the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) in 1903 to address the damage done to our rivers by the polluting effects of the Industrial Revolution.  Throughout its history and to the present day, S&TC UK has worked to protect fisheries, fish stocks and the wider aquatic environment for the public benefit.  S&TC UK has charitable status in England, Wales and Scotland and its charitable objectives empower it to address all issues affecting fish and the aquatic environment, supported by robust evidence from its scientific network, and to take the widest possible remit in protecting salmonid fish stocks and the aquatic environment upon which they depend. www.salmon-trout.org

For information on this press release, please contact: Morag Walker, mobile: 07736 124097 or email: morag@moragwalkerpr.co.uk