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l Discover seasonal fundraising ideas and read PTA success stories Fundraising


‘We held an art auction’


‘We came up with our ‘Drawn to the Lakes’ art exhibition as we were raising money for outdoor musical instruments and wanted the fundraising to involve the outdoors, too. We’re based in the Lake District so we decided to get the children and the local community to depict what the area means to them. I began by taking over the school Twitter account for the summer holidays and tweeting famous people who I knew had links to the Lakes. We did get some well-known people involved but it was mostly local artists who we found through artist groups on social media. We also contacted local art galleries. One of our parents is a manager at


Wordsworth House and offered to host our exhibition there for three weeks. Local art shop Cockermouth Art & Craft offered to supply and cut paper for us to send out to artists. Poems, photos, paintings and pencil drawings were submitted, and the shop mounted and framed them for free. Our event was widely promoted on social


media, and this lead to an interview with BBC Radio Cumbria. A potential painter


was also an ITV News reporter, who covered the story. There was no admission charge and visitors could bid on the pieces through a silent auction, which was open for the duration of the exhibition. Bidders are often unsure of how much to bid, so a silent auction meant they could do it privately, and it gave us longer to get offers in. The children produced their own


masterpieces, which were also displayed and sold. Parents could bid on their children’s work, but many were out-bid by grandparents! We received 269 bids, the highest for a single piece being £336. The artist of the piece that received


the most bids then agreed to make an additional eight pieces for anyone who hadn’t won but had made an offer higher than the original price. We raised almost £3,000 in total, and we’ve also made connections with some great artists who have projects in line for our pupils, including the creation of a permanent graffiti painting with the children.’ Jill Harvey, friends chair, Lorton School, Cockermouth, Cumbria (62 pupils)


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