TW Gaze’s Charity of the Year 2018 is the Epilepsy Society, in association with the local Clare Collection Fundraising Group. Whilst the official day is 26 March, we shall be celebrating Purple Day on Friday 27 April, so we can share the occasion with all our auction customers and visitors to Diss Auction Rooms. On that day, which represents just part of our on-going fundraising efforts, we aim to raise awareness of our cause by donning as much purple as possible, and raising money by various means including selling souvenir auction catalogues, having a bake sale for colleagues and launching a firm-wide public raffle.
The motivation for choosing the Epilepsy Society as beneficiary of our charity work this year 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. Perhaps during 2018 we can unite to make a little difference, not only by raising money for this special cause, but also by increasing the understanding of epilepsy and its effects, whilst sharing some fun and memorable time together. As someone who loved life to the full, Clare would have approved of that.”
A warm welcome is extended to anyone wishing to support TW Gaze’s Purple Day on Friday at Diss Auction Rooms, open 8.30am – 6pm.