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Isabel Hospice team up with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

PUBLISHED: 00:16 28 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:21 20 February 2013

Auction party team with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Auction party team with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

A group of Isabel Hospice supporters went head to head with Essex Air Ambulance in front of the TV cameras as they tried to raise as much money as possible for their individual charities.

A group of Isabel Hospice supporters went head to head with Essex Air Ambulance in front of the TV cameras as they tried to raise as much money as possible for their individual charities.

Auction Party challenge, hosted by flamboyant interior designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will be aired in the new year, and so we wont spoil it for you by telling you who won, but it was a very close call, with the winners pipping their opponents to the post in the final lots.

The Isabel Hospice team chose to take part in memory of Katie Pratt who spent her last hours, aged just 37 in Isabel Hospice in February 2010. The show is to be aired on ITV in the New Year as one programme in a series of 10 shows.

An Isabel Hospice spokesperson said, 'Shirley Storey and her magnificent team of Marian Nicholls (Katies mum), Sarah-Jane Hegerty, Carol Howard and Jill Murray, along with lots and lots of help from family and friends, collected, donated, begged, and borrowed an amazing array of fabulous items which were auctioned by the very lovely Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. He also signed lots of great gifts from his interior design range stocked in Matalan, which were kindly donated by the Hertford store.'

Lisa Seccombe, Director of Fundraising at Isabel Hospice said, 'Both charities which were the winners on the night as we both work to serve our local communities to the best of our abilities, and could not do so without the amazing support from them.

'We want to thank Shirley and her team for giving up their lives to the TV cameras for the last few weeks, as they filmed them in their homes, out gathering their auction lots and of course during the nail biting final auction.'


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