Auction of promises for Connie – this weekend!

Auction of promises for Connie – this weekend!

Connie would love to walk, and run, and jump and play with her friends, like other children. Please help her.

Charity Auction Saturday 14th July, 7.30 pm, Lympstone Village Hall, Lympstone. In aid of: Walking For Connie.

Connie was born 6 weeks premature, and before she was 1 she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Diplegia, which means that her legs don’t work very well. Connie has been recommended for an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy by her Paediatrician, and the surgeon who performs it at Frenchay Hospital Bristol.

Unfortunately, this is a new procedure in this country, and so every child has to be deemed an ‘exceptional case’ by the Primary Care Trust that is applied to for funding – this is rare. Connie only has a window of a year to have this operation before her legs become too deformed, and this has happened at the same time as the reorganisation of the NHS. Our fear is that no-one will be able to make a decision on this in the circumstances, and her application will be passed around.

As a result, we have decided to raise the £22,000 for her operation ourselves. The after care is as important as the operation – it is the spasticity in Connie’s legs that is currently supporting her weight. When this is cut, Connie will have to learn to walk again, and build up her muscles to support her weight. This will take about a year of intensive physiotherapy, costing around £11,700 (£45 a day for an hour of physio, 5 days a week).

Please help.

Tickets £5 from Lympstone Post Office or from Lucy McCance on 01395 263237, to include a glass of wine, a platter and entertainment.

If you can’t make it on the night, then you can make an absentee bid. An absentee bid is your written instruction directing the auctioneer to bid for you up to the maximum amount you specify for each lot. In the event two or more parties leave identical absentee bids, the first bid received will take precedence.

To make an absentee bid, please email me with a description of the Lot that you are bidding on, your maximum bid, your name, phone number and address. Alternatively, you could write to me at Cherry Tree House, Strawberry Hill, Lympstone EX8 5JZ. I must receive your bid by 6pm on Friday 13th July.

Thank you.

Lucy McCance (Telfer), Connie’s Mum

Registered Charity 1043092



Lot 1: Photography session and 30 high res prints of family, or a special occasion. Donated by

Lot 2: 4×8 hour days equipped video production or photography for a business or charity donated by Passion Works Productions

Lot 3: A bird-watching trip on the Exe with John Goss-Custard, with lunch at the Bridge Inn

Lot 4: 2 night’s stay at the Hilton Hotel, Brighton with breakfast and a bottle of champagne

Lot 5: A night for a family in a tree house in a wood in Devon with supper and breakfast cooked for you on an open fire.

Lot 6: A day sailing on a Drascombe Lugger with a picnic

Lot 7: A week in a 2-bedroom villa in Spain,, a gorgeous 2 bedroom holiday bungalow on the Costa Blanca

Lot 8: A week in Cygnet Cottage in Lympstone for visiting family or friends. This little house is in a terrace of fisherman’s cottages some thirty feet from the Exe estuary, which at this point is about a mile wide. Although quite small, with three bedrooms it will sleep five people in comfort. It provides an ideal base from which to sample the delights of this area.

Lot 9: A week (during term time) at a beautiful holiday villa in Turkey, Rosmarin 3 double bedroom holiday villa in Göcek, Turkey boasts stunning views across Göcek Bay and the mountains beyond.


Lot 10: A signed copy of The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson

Lot 11: A signed copy of My Name is Mina by David Almond, paperback

Lot 12: A signed copy of The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond, hardback

Lot 13: Exeter Chiefs ball (a rugby ball signed by the Chiefs)

Lot 14: 2 Cricket bats signed by the current England and Australian Teams

Lot 15: A cricket shirt signed by Marcus Trescothick donated by (Mustafa Sheikh)

Lot 16: A signed framed photo of Amir Khan

Lot 17: A signed framed photo of Ricky Hatton


Lot 18: A cake a week for 3 months donated by Victoria Ratcliffe

Lot 19: Lunch for 2, The Old Rydon Inn, Kingsteignton

Lot 20: A cake a month for a year donated by Diane Adams

Lot 21: Dinner for 2 at The Redwing, Lympstone

Lot 22: A Christmas cake donated by Jenny Clark

Lot 23: A cream tea for two at Shears Place café, Lympstone


Lot 24: Cut and Blow-dry with Katie at Simply Hair, Exeter Road, Exmouth 01395 266699

Lot 25: An aromatherapy massage from Yacob Cajee

Lot 26: 2 pedicures or manicures from J’May Nails

Lot 27: Luxury Bed Head hair products (DKN Hair) value £40. Superstar Blowdry lotion, Maxxed Out Hairspray, Ego Boost Split End Mender and Cocky Thickening Paste!

Lot 28: A table arrangement of flowers by Clare Edworthy

Lot 29: Breakfast for two at Shears Place café, Lympstone


Lot 30: Conversion of 2 hours cine films to DVD – Brian Mather

Lot 31: 2 Eee PCs, Windows XP Edition

Lot 32: A mobile phone – Sydney from Orange. Poke, tweet and surf.

Lot 33: A Mammut Spindrift Guide 30 rucksack. Refined, classically constructed alpine backpack with 1-buckle lid pocket with special ski touring equipment. The main features include a 4-level back length adjustment and an easy-access front pocket for avalanche safety equipment.Ideal for tours of one or more days.

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