WESTCOUNTRY auctioneers Kivells helped raise more than £231,000 during 2018 for local and national good causes and charities.

The top event of the year was the two-night charity ball and auction at Hartland Abbey in North Devon, which raised over £42,000 for Cancer Research and North Devon Hospice, with an auction evening at Scorrier House in West Cornwall raising more than £20,000 for the Four Burrow Hunt.

Children's Hospice South West received £18,500 after the Annual Harvest Auction at the Rod & Line Public House, Tideford near Saltash, while the Torrington Farmers Hunt saw more than £11,000 raised at their Annual Gift Auction at Yarnscombe Village Hall in late November.

Director of Kivells, David Kivell, said: “We have been very proud to serve the Rural & Farming Community of the South West of England since 1885.

"The generosity of those who both give the auction lots and also those who purchase them is tremendous and helps so many good causes throughout the region”.

Other Charity auctions include the Charity Dinner at Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, which raised £4,000 for the Wooden Spoon Charity, with the Clic Sargent Cancer charity benefitting to the tune of £7,000 following a superb evening auction at Langtree Village Hall.

Auctioneer for Kivells, James Morrish, said: “It doesn’t matter whether it is raising £200 at a small Harvest Festival in Torridge or its raising more than £27,000 at a very nice auction dinner at The Dorchester in London, our stance is very clear – if we can help, we will."