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Countdown is on for the Auction of Hope

It’s now just a matter of days before Richard Beattie of Beattie Livestock Sales, prepares to take charge of the biggest charity auction he has ever worked on.

The ‘Auction of Hope’ will take place on Friday 16th April at 7pm and aims to raise significant funds to support two local charities, Air Ambulance NI (AANI) and Cancer Fund for Children and will be hosted on MartEye, an online sales platform.

The auction is being organised by the new Air Ambulance NI Agribusiness Group who have secured over 150 highly sought-after lot items from businesses across Northern Ireland.

Speaking on behalf of the AANI Agribusiness Group, Libby Clarke said:

“We are so excited to share this catalogue of items with the NI public and help raise funds for these two incredible charities. Our agribusiness group has secured over150 auction lots and will appeal to both farmers and non-agri, all purse strings and interests.

“We really hope everyone will download the MartEye app and join us online on Friday 16 April at 7.00pm. Sincere thanks once again to all those businesses who have supported this auction, we are honestly overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have contacted each of us in the Agribusiness Group wanting to donate what they can.

“There is an exciting range of items on offer including a pedigree blue lamb, a pedigree Holstein heifer calf, goats, various weekend and weeklong staycations, a range of livestock feed and bedding, cooking demo, tasting and drinks pairing in your home with Paula McIntyre and wonderful vouchers for afternoon teas, fashion boutiques, helicopter rides, parachute jumps- I would encourage everyone to get on and have a look, it’ll be a great night!”

Richard Beattie of Beattie Livestock Sales

Richard Beattie of Beattie Livestock Sales has a wealth of experience running livestock sales on a weekly basis along with his wife Selina. Richard will host the charity agricultural auction online on the 16th April and commented:

“MartEye flourished last year when marts could no longer operate as normal and has brought trade online. Already thousands of sales have been held for the benefit of the farming community and I am sure that they will dig deep to help two loved charities when usual fundraising events have been cancelled. A lot of hard work has been put into securing all the auction lots and organising the auction, and it will be a busy night - but we’re ready for it.”

The catalogue is now available online on the MartEye:

and on Richards social media platform:

Although the group cannot accept any more lot donations for this auction,any monetary donations to the auction in support of both charities is most welcome.

If you are interested in any of the items in the catalogue or have any queries, please contact Libby Clarke on 07775584884.

About Air Ambulance NI

The charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland.

The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes.

The HEMS team attend patients who are seriously ill or injured, bringing emergency pre-hospital care direct to the casualty with the aim of saving lives, brains and limbs.

Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2million each year to maintain this service so public donations are crucial. Fundraising has been severely impacted by Covid19.

If you would like to donate, organise an event or could spare some time volunteering, please contact Air Ambulance NI by email:

T: 028 9262 2677

About Cancer Fund for Children

Every week in Northern Ireland another three children and young people aged 0-24 years old will be diagnosed with cancer and many more young people will be struggling to cope with their parent’s cancer.

Cancer Fund for Children is here to help, guide and support families. Through services including individual support, group support and therapeutic short breaks Cancer Fund for Children empowers, connects and strengthens family members so they feel better equipped to cope with the emotional impact of cancer. They also provide bereavement support to help families cope with the death of a child or parent.

Cancer Fund for Children needs to raise £2.4 million each year to deliver their services and rely heavily on public donations. Like many charities their fundraising has been severely impacted by Covid-19. If you would like to donate, please contact the charity:

T: 028 9080 5599


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