Charity auction raises £2,500

Susan Barnett. (S)
Susan Barnett. (S)

AN auction in memory of a former Ripon care home manager who lost her battle to cancer last year at the age of 63 has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The event commemorating the life of Susan Barnett, pictured, who managed Sunnyfield Lodge after spending more than 20 years farming in Melmerby, was held at Ripon Bowling Club on Good Friday where around £2,500 was raised for Cancer Research UK.

“The amount will be going up as donations are collected,” said Billy Burgin, 22, one of Susan’s four children, who helped organise the auction.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported the event and all the local businesses that donated prizes.”

Around 200 people attended the auction where 27 lots went under the hammer including a night at a hotel, music lessons, pet equipment, and a jar of apple chutney made by Susan.

There was also live music with bands Carbon Footprint and Sky:line.

“My work colleague Jo Cunnington helped a lot with the organisation of the event,” said Billy, who works as a graduate stylist at Talking Heads on Old Market Place in Ripon.

He said his fiancee, Tammie Millward, had come up with the idea for the auction and following its success they plan to make it an annual event.