The sad tale of the Chinese Elephant


So thing number 84 on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days was “Buy something at an offline auction”. I’ve spent way too much money on ebay over the years, and enjoy watching Bargain Hunt and Cash in the Attic, so the idea of a real life auction appealed. Anyway, one Saturday a couple of months ago Steve and I went up to Banbury to spend the day at JS Auctions and did I buy something? Of course I did! Between us we came home with a table, two chairs, three paintings, a pile of board games, two bookcases, a couple of lamps and … a Chinese elephant.

Now this elephant was part of a lot that included three hideous vases, a picnic basket, two wooden trays and a poster of Maltese buses. (Yeah, they have some pretty random lots there!) The elephant was Continue reading

4N Oxfordshire Cash4Pash auction!


Long time 4N member Sarah ‘Pash’ Howells was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. During her chemotherapy she organised a massive party which loads of 4Networkers attended and raised over £6000 for a cancer charity. She had a breast removed in December and, very sadly, was told on Boxing Day that the cancer had spread to her brain and is no longer curable. Pash is 35 and we, her friends, would like to raise enough money in Feb through ‘CASH4PASH’ so that Sarah  and her boyfriend can have an amazing holiday this year.

I met Pash at the 4Networking Xmas party in 2008 and was completely enthralled by this beautiful, bubbly, warm woman. She was also instrumental in helping me start up my business, The Proof Fairy, and passed on information and contacts who were already working in the publishing industry. I was devastated to hear about her cancer and really can’t believe something like that is happening to such a lovely person.

When the Cash4Pash appeal was launched I immediately made a donation but that wasn’t really enough … so I decided, with my 4N Area Leader’s hat on, to organise an auction across the 4 Oxon groups to raise more money. Two days in we already have nearly 20 lots including business services, a 4Networking passport, Pilates lessons, personalised mugs and an original work of art.

The auction will take place during the 4Networking meeting at Abingdon on 5th March but everyone is welcome, not just 4N members. The full auction catalogue is available here and if you would like to donate, book in or make a postal/email bid you know who to contact!