River boat reaches £1,000 in hospice eBay auction

20th August 2015

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice looks for the highest bidder for 1970’s vintage compact leisure cruiser

Lincoln, 20th August 2015 – Local independent charity St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice are delighted with their recent donation of a 37-year-old Cabin Cruiser which currently has a bid for over £1,000 on their eBay auction.

Dennis Collins, 88, from Birchwood in Lincoln has many fond memories of the boat which he donated after it spent 15 years on dry land.

Dennis said: “Boating was always a keen interest of mine and in 1978 I decided to buy the boat from new. It was a marvellous investment and my wife Betty and I enjoyed many holidays along the canal routes across the UK.

“After sharing all of these happy memories it seemed a waste to just let the boat go to ruin. It seemed only right that somebody else got the chance to enjoy it too.”

The boat was brought onto dry land 15 years ago after Dennis was diagnosed with cancer and became unable to maintain the upkeep.

Dennis said: “I decided to donate the boat to St Barnabas because they are a local charity who I hold close to my heart. Their care and support was invaluable to a very close friend of mine who was cared for in her final days.

“It is nice to think that the boat could bring somebody else joy and at the same time help to make a difference to those who really need it.”

The boat is currently under auction on eBay and has received 10 bids with the highest bid currently at £1,020. The auction is due to end on Sunday 23rd August.

Matt Howes, eBay & Online Shops Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“Our eBay business plays an integral part in our fundraising activities and in the last 12 months we have sold over 1,500 items with sales exceeding £33,000. We use eBay to sell the more unique items that we receive and it always proves to be a popular method.

“We are very grateful to people like Mr Collins whose sheer generosity allows us to continue raising much needed money for our hospice.”

The boat can be found on eBay at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/381346787076

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