A sale of items from Hungerton Hall on Sunday raised thousands of pounds for the parish church and additional needs schools in Grantham.
The sale came about as a result of the wish of Lady Le Marchant, of Hungerton Hall, who died last year aged 102. She asked her granddaughter, Isabel Burford, to organise the sale and the successful event took place at Wyville Village Hall, raising more than £4,000.
At the same time, a ‘forest school’ was officially opened by BBC East Midlands Today presenter Dominic Heale. The land was given by Lady Le Marchant to Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) to be used as an outdoor classroom by pupils. Lady Le Marchant was a long-time supporter of its schools, Ambergate and Sandon.
Isabel said she was delighted with the sale. She said: “It was amazing. I am so chuffed, as are all the members of the committee. Months of hard work have paid off.”
Isabel said the sum of £4,000 was ‘unbelievable’ and more was coming in.
She added: “I think my grandmother would be absolutely astonished. This was the last thing I could do for her and I am so happy.”
An auction of promises was also held with one of the prizes being dinner for six at Hungerton Hall, which will be prepared by Isabel. She said a very generous sum had been paid for it.
James Ellis, senior principal of GANF, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Le Marchant family for their continued support of us as an organisation. The event was incredible, so many people visited and had a great time. Exceptional support like this means we can offer fantastic learning opportunities for our students.”
GANF student Jonathan Mitchell said: “I love the forest school and learning about nature. I also love working there when I’m doing enrichment and DofE. It’s a great place to be.”