Congratulations to Nailsea Disability Initiative founder and trustee Chris Baker and his wife Linda who on Sunday were recognised and rewarded for their hard work in the community over many years as part of a new BBC1 TV show presented by “Flog It” star Paul Martin and Co-presenter Irina Aggrey.
Street Auction scheduled for transmission in September, is all about the community coming together to say THANK YOU to local community champions by holding a street party and auction with them as unknowing guests of honour. (The lies that were told setting this up!)
Local people kindly donated items when Paul and his team went knocking on doors looking for potential auction lots (auctioned prior to Sundays event) with all the proceeds going towards a special gift for Chris and Linda as a way of saying thank you for their work within the community.
A exciting pop up Auction took place with Paul Martin bringing down the gavel on a variety of different auction lots ranging from a Sunday carvery dinner for 2 at the Ring O Bells pub, trout fishing lesson with the aforementioned pubs landlord, matching China dogs, and a very tempting brand new laptop just some of the items people were raising their hands to bid on.
As well as the auction there were stalls selling bric-a-brac, delicious crêpes,
home-made cakes and a tombola run by NDI volunteers with proceeds from these efforts and the two auctions raising a fabulous £1500.
Entertainment on the day was provided by the fabulous Barry Walsh Band and there was dance entertainment from local dance troupe Jazz on Tap.
At the conclusion of the pop-up auction and a quick tally up of how much everyone’s efforts have raised Paul finally let the cat out of the bag!!!
Paul approached Chris and Linda to say that they were in fact the recipients of a special award in recognition of their tireless volunteering in running The Nailsea Disability Initiative until their recent retirement.
Paul presented them with a five-star hotel trip to the Eden Project and presented Chris with a football trophy entitled the Chris Baker Fair Play Award to be given to a junior footballer of merit each year from a local team of Chris’s choosing.
Paul also announced that some of the money raised would go to the Nailsea Disability Initiative which as a charity we are extremely grateful for.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the residents of Strawberry Close who had their cul-de-sac well and truly taken over for the day, with residents really living up to the program’s ethos of coming together for a cause by providing electricity for the band and toilet facilities!
For more information about the day, loads more pictures and video footage please use this link to the excellent Nailsea People’s website. http://www.nailseapeople.com/