TW Gaze’s Charity of the Year 2018 was the Epilepsy Society, in association with the local Clare Collection Fundraising Group. On Friday 27 April, we donned as much purple as possible, raising money by various means including selling souvenir auction catalogues, having a bake sale for colleagues and launched the firm-wide public raffle.
The motivation for choosing the Epilepsy Society as beneficiary of our charity work came from the one of the firm’s auctioneers and valuers, Edward Taxil-Webber, following the sudden death in 2017 of Clare Mackmin, a close personal friend. Clare was born and brought up in Long Stratton and later lived in Wortham. She died from complications following an epileptic seizure.
Auctioneer Edward Taxil-Webber
“Clare was loved by so many people and her untimely death has affected us all. She was a young woman in the early months of married life, pregnant with her first child. I had been Best Man at her wedding to Paul Mackmin. Shortly after Clare died, midway through last year, Paul, a small group of close friends and I, launched The Clare Collection as a means for friends and family to network together for a series of charity fundraising events.
Epilepsy charities do not get the recognition nor funds they need for research and care and by raising money for this special cause and also by increasing the understanding of epilepsy and its effects, we hope to make a difference.”