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Rescue puppy portrait is star lot in pet charity’s silent auction

A Trowbridge charity shop turns auction house next week, as shoppers are invited to place their bids in the Blue Cross pet charity’s silent auction. Bids will be accepted from Friday 19th September to Friday 26th September in the shop at 54 Fore Street.

Items going under the hammer include ceramics, pottery and furniture, but perhaps the most desirable item for pet lovers is a portrait of Blue Cross rescue pup Lotte, donated by local artist Val Coyne. Little Lotte had a rough start in life after her owner threatened to drown her if they couldn’t get rid of her. Luckily, she was rescued by a passerby and taken to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Burford. Lotte has since gone on to a happy new home, as well as being immortalised by Val in painting format.

Carol Kempster, Manager at the Blue Cross shop in Trowbridge, said: “We have some fantastic items up for grabs in our silent auction, so it’s really worth popping along to take and a look and make a bid. All the money we raise from the auction will help the thousands of sick and homeless pets cared for every year at Blue Cross hospitals and rehoming centres.”

All the items up for grabs in the auction will be displayed in the shop’s window during the week, along with a lot number and guide price. Potential buyers can place their bids in the shop and the winning bidders will be notified when the auction ends. To find out more, pop into the shop or call 01225 768776.

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Notes to Editors

• Photos of Lotte and of artist Val Coyne with her portrait attached.
• Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
• Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
• Blue Cross actively campaigns to improve all aspects of animal welfare, working with the government, schools and others to improve the lives of pets and their owners. For more information, please visit

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