Record-breaking donation from wine auction

The organisers of the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction have presented a $265,500 cheque to Cranford Hospice, following the fundraising auction earlier this month. The total is a record-breaker, raising $63,000 more than last week.

"We are thrilled with this year's record-breaking result,” said organiser Elisha Milmine. “Tonight's wrap up is to recognise the vast contributions that members of the HBWA Sponsor Partnership Programme give each year to assist with the running of the event. Through their generosity and support, all funds raised at auction go to Cranford Hospice. It is such a pleasure to work with and be surrounded by such a generous and driven group of people."

A total of 44 auction lots were sold at the auction, with contributions coming from 41 Hawke’s Bay wineries. There were also a number of artworks on sale, a travel package and a fully stocked wine cellar. One lot, a vertical of Te Mata Estate's famous Coleraine, fetched $19,000 at a pre-tasting event.

“Hawke's Bay Wine Auction is now Cranford Hospice's largest annual private contributor and this record-breaking total of $265,500 is absolutely incredible,” said Cranford Hospice Trust chairwoman Hayley Anderson. “Every day Cranford Hospice is supporting 200 patients and their families living in the Hawke's Bay. The funds raised from the auction will ensure that we can continue to do this.”