Auctioneers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt generated vital funds for St Margaret’s Hospice at their monthly antiques’ auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A selection of jewellery, paintings and postcards netted £1,327 for the charity, which needs to raise £9.5M each year to provide its crucial services.

The charity regularly works with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the leading Westcountry auction house, to maximise donations it receives from the public.

The auctioneers identify items suitable for auction and endeavour to ensure these achieve the best possible prices.

In addition the auctioneers waive their usual commission so the charity receives the full hammer price for the items consigned.

At the February sale two early 20th Century gold and jadeite brooches, sold on behalf of the hospice, were fought over by a couple of phone bidders. These sold for £550.

A pair of early 20th Century Chinese gold and jadeite pendent earrings were bought for £200 and an early 20th Century Chinese gold and pink tourmaline bar brooch went to a phone bidder and raised £190 for the hospice.

Graham Ford, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “We are always pleased to support and help St Margaret’s Hospice, they offer an invaluable service and look forward to entries for the next auction.”

St. Margaret’s Hospice cared for 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses last year, in the community across Somerset and at its hospices in Taunton and Yeovil.

Marisa Lovell-Fox, head of fundraising at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “We are very grateful to the people who generously donated these antiques and to Greenslade Taylor Hunt for their ongoing support by kindly waiving their fees and using their expertise to maximise the value of these wonderful donations to our charity.

“The money raised by these lots could pay for 13 specialist community nurse visits to patients being cared for at home, making a real difference to people across Somerset who are facing a life-limiting illness.”

The charity was founded in 1980 and relies on more than 1,200 volunteers in a wide variety of roles to help raise funds and care for people at the end of their lives.

Other charities have also benefited from Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s expertise including the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

If you represent a charity and would like more information on how the antiques department can assist you please ring the saleroom on 01823 332525.