The Big Farming Charity Auction, in memory of Charles Clark, raised over £73,000 for four good causes, including R.A.B.I.
The mammoth auction was held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Saturday (December 21). The auction honoured Charles Clark, who sadly died of cancer earlier this year, aged 59.
Charles was hugely respected throughout farming circles, having worked as an auctioneer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt for 35 years. During his lifetime Charles raised over £2m for various good causes by conducting charity auctions.
Friend and colleague Richard Webber paid tribute to him by saying: “He was a remarkable man, totally unique. If there was a medal for bravery in battling illness the way Charles did, he would be awarded the equivalent of the Victoria Cross.”
Mr Clark was on the examining board of the CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) and acted as a mentor to young professionals in his field.
Fittingly, the charity auction was run by some of the auctioneers who sold alongside him for many years. The auction generated over £73,000, to be split equally between R.A.B.I, the Farming Community Network, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and the Somerset Bowel Cancer Support Group.
Pam Wills, Regional Manager for the South West, represented the charity at the event. She said: “It was an incredible afternoon, the ring was rammed and not everyone could get in.
“It brought together people from across the farming community, from bank managers and accountants to those farmers who regularly attend the market. It was a very special event and Rebecca Pow, Charles’s widow, stayed on the rostrum for the whole three hours with their two children and gave a welcome at the beginning and a ‘thank you’ at the end. On behalf of everyone at R.A.B.I I would like to thank all connected with the event for thinking of us and for their generosity.”