With a packed audience of excited bidders the GoGoHares auction was started off by Jake Humphrey the charity’s patron, and he introduced a new patron to the charity this year, Emma Bridgewater.
The auction, conducted by TW Gaze consisted of 50 hares from the city trail. The atmosphere was electric and all the lots sold for a range of prices from £2,800 to £21,000.
The most popular lots in the room appeared to have a book connection: Wonderland Hare based on Alice in wonderland £11,500, Professor Hare and his Magic Library £14,000 and Haremione based on Harry Potter fan art for £11,000. Other big hitters were Mr Cel-Hare-Brate Norfolk £13,000 with its local connections to Break’s 50th celebration and Norfolk scenes and Honey Bunny £11,000.
The joint top bids were for a blank hare that can be created to your own design by one of the GoGo artists and HeptaHare, a silver finished one covered in 50 pence pieces that both made £21,000 on the night.
CEO of Break, Hilary Richards said:
“Thank you to all of our fantastic supporters – you really are amazing! It has been a delight to see so many people enjoying the GoGoHares trails this summer. I am astounded by the kind generosity of those successful enough to bid on and purchase their very own GoGoHare at the auction. Break are so proud to deliver this free art trail to the people of Norfolk and would like to thank you for your incredible support though sponsorship, donations and volunteering. Together we really are changing the young lives of so many local people, especially those moving on from care at just 18.”
The money raised by the GoGoHares trail will help fund the vital work carried out by Break’s Moving on Team, supporting vulnerable young people to live independently after leaving the care system.
The Moving on Team guide, and support young care leavers when they leave the formal care system, at just 18. This could be the simple things we take for granted like teaching young people to cook, pay bills, live independently and continue in education or training. The Moving on Team are the extended family for these young people and support them in the next stage of their lives and beyond.