Afghanistan appeal surges past £16,000 milestone after Press auction raises £1,500

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THE Press' Afghanistan appeal has raced past the £16,000 mark after receiving a £1,500 boost from our charity auction.

We offered readers the chance to bid for a once-in-a-lifetime treat that cannot normally be bought, ranging from riding on the footplate of a steam loco to 'flying' on a Tucano flight simulator at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

The highest bids received included £255 for the ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the same amount to go on the flight simulator, with another £235 bid to help to prepare and ride on a heritage steam locomotive at the National Railway Museum in York.

Another £255 was bid to be a VIP guest of Brigadier Greville Bibby at the Royal Gun Salute in Museum Gardens next month, £41 for County Stand tickets at York Racecourse, including a visit to the parade ring to see the horses before a race, and £20 to travel in the Lord Mayor's limousine to the Mansion House for a tour and afternoon tea.

Another £175 bid came in for a family ticket to Flamingo Land near Pickering, including a half-hour ‘hands-on animal encounter’ with creatures such as meerkats and, as reported previously, a further £250 was bid for a VIP day at a York City match, including a chance to meet manager Nigel Worthington.

The City of York Afghanistan Commemorative Appeal has also been given a donation of £200 from the parish of All Saints Church in Pavement, where a stained glass window is set to be installed to recognise the service of thousands of York men and women in Afghanistan over the past decade – including three servicemen who were killed in action.

The money was given, in part, in memory of former parishioner Douglas Proctor, said priest-in-charge, the Reverend Jane Nattrass.

With a target of £17,000, the appeal has now raised just over £16,150.

Two of the successful auction bids were by Caroline Wandless, of Escrick, who secured the Gun salute as a birthday present for her father and the NRM steam loco as a treat for her husband Roger and brother-in-law, who is a steam buff.

She said: "It’s nice to give something back as in December 2000 I was the very lucky winner of The Press competition in conjunction with HMS York. I was very kindly flown out to Gibraltar where I joined the ship and sailed back with the company to Portsmouth."

• Many thanks to all the organisations who offered the fantastic treats as lots for our auction. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the appeal should send a cheque, payable to The City of York Afghanistan Commemorative Appeal, to: Mike Laycock, The Press, 76-86 Walmgate, York YO1 9YN, accompanied by their name, address and contact details.

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5:28pm Fri 23 May 14

Meirion M says...

Support our young men and women, and pray that they are safe!
Afghanistan is hopeless cause, and our troops must be withdrawn from that troublesome state.
Support our young men and women, and pray that they are safe! Afghanistan is hopeless cause, and our troops must be withdrawn from that troublesome state. Meirion M
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