A pair of right royal whisky decanters have raised a pretty penny for our Miles Better Million Campaign - to push the campaign total to £30,000.
The souvenirs, produced to mark a pair of Royal Weddings in the 1980s, were donated to help boost our appeal to bring vital radiotherapy services for cancer patients to Doncaster for the very first time.
“I thought it was for such a good cause that’s why i decided to make my donation.”
The bell-shaped decanters were produced by world famous scotch whisky maker Bell’s to mark the weddings of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981 and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986.
And when big-hearted whisky collector Stewart White saw the auction in the Free Press, he had no hesitation in bidding a fantastic £750 to take home the bottles and hand over his generous donation to our campaign, run in conjunction with Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.
He said: “I was particularly interested in the Charles and Diana one and I thought it was for such a good cause that’s why I decided to make my donation.
“I have been looking for a while and then I looked through the Free Press and there it was.”
Mr White, 58, of Warmsworth, normally collects miniature bottles of whisky, with more than 100 in his collection.
But he decided to plump for the two 750ml decanters which are still sealed and come in their original packaging boxes after spotting our auction appeal several weeks ago.
“I like buying things that are of interest, bits and bobs here and there,” he said. “I didn’t expect that my bid would win. It is fabulous though because it is a team effort to support a local cause.”
Empty decanters can retail for £20 online while the Charles and Diana one is believed to be the most collectable and can sell for £450 or more. It is understood one of the porcelain decanters was once sold for more than £2,500.
A spokesman for Diageo, owners of Bell’s, said the decanters were “very collectable” and could fetch considerable sums.
Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust chairman Bob Fitzharris said: “It is a very, very generous donation and it is amazing that someone has paid that for two bottles of whisky. We are very grateful to Mr White and thanks to to the Free Press for keeping the appeal in the public eye.”
Anyone who would like to donate items for our Miles Better Million appeal can contact campaign co-ordinator Jeannette Fish on 07950798885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org