Rubber Ducks raise thousands of pounds for St Michael’s Hospice!

St Michael’s Hospice’s Follow that Duck art trail came to an exciting close on Friday 7th October, when thirty-two uniquely painted rubber duck sculptures were sold at the Hook a Duck auction, raising over £75,000.

The auction which took place at East Sussex College, Hastings was conducted by Rye Auction Galleries Ltd, with concurrent online bidding courtesy of Easy Live Auction. Auctioneer Kevin Wall sold all thirty-two Lots within ninety minutes, with successful bidders both in the room, on the phone and on the internet.

Successful sculpture bids ranged from £1,500 to £5,500, with the trail’s original 5ft duck and face of the campaign, The Pride of Hastings by Mark and Issi Fisher, selling for the highest amount. Mark and Issi also painted a smaller 2ft duckling There’s No Place I’d Rother Be, which combined with the sale of Kerry Caffyn’s 2ft duckling titled Art Ducko, raised a brilliant £5,500.

The Hospice was joined at the auction by Wild in Art, with whom St Michael’s Hospice partnered with to bring the Follow that Duck trail to Hastings, St Leonards on Sea and Bexhill on Sea, this summer. Wild in Art Managing Director, Charlie Langhorne engaged the audience asking kind supporters to club together to purchase a duck to reside in the Hospice grounds. We are delighted that Peking Duck by Jude Chapman will remain at St Michael’s Hospice – a wonderful reminder of a duck filled summer!

A number of businesses who had generously provided sponsorship for the  trail, successfully bid for their ducks, including; Lightning Fibre, Fizzy Apple Ltd, Judges, and Park Holidays; who took home their sponsored duck The Bathers by Katy Dynes, and a second, The Bayduck Tapestry by Anne-Marie Byrne.

Perdita Chamberlain, Income Generation Director at St Michael’s Hospice said;

“The Hook a Duck auction was the exciting and nail-biting climax to a successful community engagement project, which St Michael’s Hospice is proud to have brought to Hastings and Rother. We were overwhelmed with the response from our community, and we are delighted that the ducks brought joy to so many people. We are extremely thankful to all the generous bidders, and we hope they will be very happy with their new ducks.”

Follow that Duck has been a summer long campaign, with fundraising taking place throughout the trail, including a raffle to win a painted duckling sculpture, the sale of Follow that Duck merchandise, street collections carried out by Hospice Trail Wing Leader volunteers, and kind local businesses holding collection tins and distributing trail maps.

For any further information about the auction, the Follow that Duck trail or St Michael’s Hospice, please contact the Follow that Duck team at info@followthatduck.co.uk.  For information on future Wild in Art trails visit www.wildinart.co.uk.