The fourth BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey 2019 Give A Gift sale has raised more money than ever before. The event, which took place on Saturday morning at St Pauls Arts Centre in Worthing, raised £2,379 for BBC Children In Need. Presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter broadcast their shows live from the sale room.
Since Christmas, listeners have been donating their new, unwanted Christmas gifts at various drop-off points around the area, including community stations Uckfield FM and Susy Radio, who also lent their support. All the items were then sold at the special sale. For the first time this year, several large companies in the area also set up collection points, including Legal and General in Hove and Virgin Atlantic in Crawley.
Mark Carter, Assistant Managing Editor said:
‘This is a fantastic result for a two hour sale on a cold January morning. It’s also a real credit to the loyal BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey listeners who donated items or came along to the sale.’
Gary King from Uckfield FM said:
“The response from Uckfield FM listeners was great and we received many more items for the appeal than last year. We were also donated a Fortnum & Mason Hamper by a listener and this alone made £100 during an auction of higher priced items. It was great to support our colleagues at BBC Sussex once again with their Give a Gift appeal”.
Mark visited Uckfield FM studios to collect the donated gifts, and spoke with Tony Williams:
Images courtesy of BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey
BBC’s Mark Carter and Tony Williams
The Fortnum and Mason hamper
The Give A Gift Sale room at St Pauls in Worthing