Jeweller secures three goats at charity auction

BIDDING was fierce as eager hands or props were raised as the Guernsey Goat Trail reached its financial finale with islanders keen to secure their favourite hand-crafted goat.

The life-sized fibreglass sculptures have been on display around since May at the local companies, schools and organisations which have sponsored the scheme.

Several local business owners were in attendance at Thursday’s auction, including local jeweller Catherine Best, who went home with three of the prized creations.

In total she donated £4,200 to Autism Guernsey and the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project, which were the two charities behind the organisation of the event.

She let out a cheer when declared the successful bidder on her first goat, Hamilton, who went for £1,100.

The other two she was successful with were Vincent Van Goat and Derpy Goat, which sold for £1,500 and £1,600 respectively.

Two of her new fibreglass ornaments will be given to her close friends to put on flat roofs at their homes, and the other will be kept on her own property.

‘It was a phenomenal pleasure to be there, I couldn’t be happier,’ said Mrs Best.

‘I understand a lot about the charities – a lot of my life involves charity work and I like supporting any charity that’s helping Guernsey,’ she said.

Many of the sponsors chose to bid to get their goat back, including Beaumont Specialist Construction owner Michael Beaumont.

He had sponsored Freda and Albert, named after his paternal grandparents, and both goats were decorated by students at St Sampson’s High School.

Supporting autism services was an important factor in his decision to get involved in the project.

‘I was a governor at a special needs school in the UK.

‘Autism is something I recognise as a very important charity and it’s very deserving,’ he said.

After securing the two goats, he said he planned to offer one back to St Sampson’s High to keep in the foyer and one to the St Sampson’s douzaine.

‘Eventually I think they will come home with me,’ he said.

Before the auction, ticket holders were welcomed to a reception outdoors at which all of the goats were on display.

‘The goats looked great in the sun – they were all competing for our attention.

‘All of them were just fantastic.’

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