Successful fundraising auction for local addiction treatment centre
AN AUCTION held to raise funds for Bristol’s last remaining rehab centre has beaten its fundraising target of £5,000.
Chandos House, a residential treatment centre for addiction based on Chandos Road in Redland, is on a fundraising mission to continue saving the lives of men suffering from substance and alcohol addiction.
In support of this, the centre organised an auction on Wednesday March 28 at Boston Tea Party on Park Street. Among the guests in attendance was author Will Self (who has appeared on Have I Got News For You and Question Time), who read and discussed his writings on the subject of addiction and recovery. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet Will and get a signed copy of his most recent book for a donation, and listen to the stories of former Chandos House residents too.
As part of the auction, signed artworks from some of Bristol’s most cherished artists such as Nick Park, Inkie and Alex Lucas were also up for grabs, as well as signed books from Stephen Fry, Grayson Perry and Eric Clapton.
In total, over 100 people attended the event and £5,355 was raised, which will support three Bristol based residents at Chandos House who are currently accessing pro bono treatment.
Speaking about the success of the auction, Chandos House Art Therapist Kate Guscott said: “The Chandos House fundraising event and auction with Will Self on Park Street last month was a sell out and an absolute knock out! Such a successful and wonderful evening, with speeches by Chandos House staff, Chandos brothers, and of course the hilarious Will Self.
“We really felt that he understood what Chandos is all about. He even paid the house an honorary visit earlier that day, later describing us as ‘a miracle in this day and age’. Mr Self was so moved by the work that goes on at Chandos House that he has committed to continuing his work with us too.”
To find out more about Chandos House and their fundraising campaign, visit their fundraising page: https://localgiving.org/charity/chandos-house-addiction-treatment-centre/