Wolf auction gains £12,000 for charities
The auction of the wolves on Bury’s Wolf Trail has raised almost £12,000 for charity and some of the amazing pieces of art will stay in the town to be enjoyed by all.
A total of 26 wolves were created and displayed around Bury town centre throughout the summer and were auctioned off at the St Edmund’s Day dinner on November 20 and the remainder at Lacy Scott and Knight earlier this month.
The mosaic wolf in the arc was sponsored by Nick Armstrong of Armstrongs Funeral Service and Nick made a successfull bid to keep the colourful work in the arc. He raised £800 for St Nicholas Hospice Care and ironically found himself bidding against Colin Roberts, arc manager.
The stone wolf in the Apex foyer, the Wolf under the Norman Tower and the metal wolf in the Great Churchyard are set to remain in the town while LP bar has bid to keep its neon wolf, raising £700 for the hospice. The book depicting the story of the St Edmund wolf will also be donated to the town although this was not up for auction. The total of £11,980 will be given to charities nominated by sponsors and the Mayor of St Edmundsbury’s charities, the Samaritains, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Ward and the Women’s Refuge in Bury.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds which organised the trail, said he was pleased with the support it received.
“Our aim was not so much about raising money but raising the profile of the town. We wanted the wolves to go to homes where they would be well looked after and the fact that charities have benefitted to the tune of almost £12,000 is all the better.”
Mr Cordell said that the event could be repeated if there was enough demand but not immediately. “We wouldn’t want to copy it but we would probably stay with the concept of the wolf which is very much an emblem of the town. But we’re not looking to do anything in the foreseeable future,” he added.