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Local Automotive Venue Holds Unique Auction In support of NHS And Local Business

Local Automotive Venue Holds Unique Auction In support of NHS And Local Business

Bidders from all around the UK will be able to snap up some great items at auction over the next month, whilst supporting both Southwest businesses and the frontline staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter (RD&E) and Exeter Nightingale hospitals.

Local automotive venue, Re:Fuel, has just launched “Southwest Re:Action”: a month-long online auction of donated items that will raise funds to buy experiences and gifts for frontline workers at Exeter’s RD&E and Nightingale hospitals. As a way to also help support our much-loved local businesses in the region, all gifts will be bought from local, independent, Southwest businesses that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 confinement.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have all witnessed the heart-warming dedication of the nation’s frontline workers to care for those infected by the virus. At the same time, the lockdown of the economy has damaged many much-loved local businesses, some of whom are days away from bankruptcy. Re:Fuel themselves, based at Mansell Raceway just outside Honiton, have been unable to open since the outbreak hit, and have been working hard on finding ways like this to interact with and support the community around them.

Southwest Re:Action is an online auction that allows the public to bid on some unique items, some of which money cannot normally buy, and all of which have been donated as part of the initiative. Items being auctioned include passenger rides in a Ferrari F40, a children’s ride-on car, an artist’s drawing of your car, Re:Fuel merchandise and much more. 100% of the money raised in this auction will then go towards buying gifts, vouchers and experiences for the staff at Exeter’s RD&E and Nightingale hospitals, like vouchers for meals at restaurants, coffee shop gift cards, experiences at local spas, and other similar treats. All of these gifts will be purchased from local independent businesses, supporting them and their employees in their hour of need and helping them survive the incredible strain that Coronavirus has put them under.

HOW IT WORKS
1) You bid on and get to win and enjoy the great items donated.
2) Re:Fuel uses the money raised to buy gifts for the NHS staff at Exeter’s RD&E and Nightingale hospitals.
3) They only buy from the Southwest’s much-loved local, independent businesses to support them through this very tough time.

Josh Roles, one of the directors of Re:Fuel, said 

“Last month we raised £1215 for NHS Charities Together with a similar auction, but this month we are doing things slightly differently. This time we wanted to bring our support closer to home by recognising our local healthcare heroes while simultaneously supporting our fantastic local independent businesses.”

Ian Roome, Head of Fundraising at the RD&E Charity, said: 

“We are really grateful to Re:Fuel for thinking of us and raising money to support the physical and mental well-being of our staff.”

Re:Fuel are hoping to get as many bids as possible in the next month and are also looking for more items to be donated to help raise as much money as possible – their target is £10,000. For more information on the items being auctioned go to ​www.re-fuel.co.uk/reaction​. Items can be added during the auction, so anyone wishing to donate an item to help raise money can contact the Re:Fuel team on info@re-fuel.co.uk​. The auction works in a very similar way to eBay, with the highest bidder at the end of the auction winning the item. The auction closes at 8pm on Sunday 21st June.

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