COLLECTIONS of stamps, postcards and coins are ready to be auctioned for the Marie Curie Hospice after a two-year wait.
The Solihull Philatelic Society will be finally be hosting the auction on November 6 after putting it off due to Covid restrictions over the past two years.
The society has over 500 lots, which has been donated by people who have found stamp collections during lockdown tidy ups to collectors who have kindly donated items to help raise funds for the Marsh Lane hospice, ready to go under the hammer at Knowle Village Hall.
John Barker, assistant secretary at the society, said: “It has been frustrating – waiting and having to put off the events we had planned for our 50th anniversary.
“But it is a big relief there is no restrictions in place and we can get on with the auction.
“We didn’t want to try and fit it in without everything being in place.
“We have had a generous response from residents and collectors.”
This is the first auction the Solihull society has hosted and John said they wanted to do it for the hospice after hearing about the hard work and dedication of the staff and nurses there.
John said previously the group have been part of other Philatelic Society auctions and events but as part of the group’s anniversary celebrations members wanted to do something.
Sam Murphy, Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie said: “We are so grateful to Solihull Philatelic Society for holding their charity auction in aid of Marie Curie, as the money raised will help people living with a terminal illness in the region.
“We are there to help those at the end of their life and to support their families through what can be a very difficult period. The funds raised at the auction will help us to continue this vital work.”
None of the items at the auction have a reserve, meaning all items bid on will be sold to the highest bidder and only room bidders will be accepted.
John said there are a number of items from collections to help those who are just starting out and some rarer items have been handed in.
Most of the lots are stamps but John said there are coins and local postcards on offer.
The hall is open for viewings from 10am and auctions are starting from 1.30pm.
Only cash or card will be accepted and people will be able to make a donation to the Marie Curie Hospice as well.
For more contact Paul Woodness on 01564 776879.