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Judy Murray serves up afternoon tea as silent auction prize for Maggie’s Aberdeen

By David Porter

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Judy Murray is offering the prize on behalf of charity Maggie's Aberdeen
Judy Murray is offering the prize on behalf of charity Maggie's Aberdeen

Top tennis coach Judy Murray is serving up a special afternoon tea as one of the many spectacular prizes on offer at cancer support charity Maggie’s Aberdeen’s annual silent auction.

The world’s most famous tennis mum is inviting up to eight ladies to join her at the top table for a scrumptious afternoon tea at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen, where guests will hold a special Q&A about all things tennis and women in sport in Scotland.

Maggie’s Aberdeen fundraising manager Richard Stewart said: “We are delighted to have Judy’s support, and I am sure the prospect of afternoon tea with her will excite a lot of people.

"We were lucky enough to welcome Judy to the centre for a visit last month and are chuffed to bits that she’s giving up her time to support us.

“Some of the prizes on offer are fantastic, particularly the opportunity to be at the historic 150th Open in St Andrews, as well as a limited edition painting from artist Sir Anish Kapoor.

“We are so luck that he has created the stunning Glow for Maggie print to mark 25 years since our founder Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Anish’s work is internationally renowned and is held in almost every major public art collection in the world, so we are delighted he has chosen to support us in this way.”

Kapoor has donated 150 signed prints (from a total edition of 250) to be sold in aid of Maggie’s with a fixed price of £5000 each.

As well as a pair of VIP tickets to the 150th Open at St Andrews, luxury breaks across Scotland and hospitality at Pittodrie, the auction also features prizes including a Loch Lomond speedboat pub crawl and a tonne of muck!

There is also the opportunity to fund Maggie’s Aberdeen for the day by donating the cost of running the centre for 24 hours – £2400.

The auction comes following the successful return of the ever-popular Culture Crawl through Aberdeen city centre last month, which saw 350 walkers raise more than £60,000 for the charity, which is based in the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Around 80 golfers also took to the fairways at Deeside Golf Club last week before being entertained by renowned coach and commentator Claude Harmon III, who joined the event from the US and wowed the audience with tales from his career, as well as his views on the thumping United States win in last weekend’s Ryder Cup.

Richard added: “We were blown away to raise so much money from the Culture Crawl, particularly as we weren’t able to hold the event in 2020.

“To be able to host these events in-person again has been great, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has given their time – and money – to help those are affected by a cancer diagnosis, as well as their families.”

The auction closes at 1pm on Friday, October 15.

To view all the prizes on offer, and to bid, visit https://givergy.uk/MaggieBirthdayBonanza

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