Charlotte Batterham set up the Clifton Bidding Bargain Page on Facebook in 2014. This page is dedicated to raising money and donating gifts to multiple different local charities. Over the years she has raised over an astonishing £32,000!
For those of you who haven’t seen it, the Facebook group is where individuals can donate items to be sold via an auction set up on the page, and people can bid on them. The money then goes to the chosen charity of that month.
Mother of two, Charlotte Batterham began the bidding page back in 2014 when her children were both attending Blessed Robert School in Clifton. The school had applied for funding of some none-essential things to make the children’s school days more enjoyable. Unfortunately, these applications were refused so the school were left to raise money by themselves.
Charlotte said, “My children came home and asked if I could help. So, I put on my thinking cap, spoke to the head at the school and here we are.”
The page was set up initially to help with funding for the school which was extremely successful. Following this she continued raising money which she donated to other charities, organisations and individuals in need – many of which are local to Clifton.
Almost every item sold on the page is donated.
During the past year, Charlotte found that she was even busier trying to help those who needed it as a result of the pandemic, she said, “Last year was the biggest year due to covid not from the money we raised but the support that we gave to families. I dressed up as a dinosaur and mickey mouse and danced to the happy birthday song sending residents of Clifton a special lockdown birthday message. I also delivered food parcels. But the thing that everyone needed to bring joy to a horrible year was the Santa tour where we wrapped over 2000 selection boxes and over 90 care packages which were hand delivered by Santa.”
More recently in lockdown, Charlotte with the help of Nethergate Academy School, managed to organise and gift 30 laptops to children who needed them to complete schoolwork at home.
Charlotte continued, “I work from home and on my own and this page has well and truly taken over my life. I never imagined that this would take off like it has and I’m so proud of this group. I never worked this hard when I had a full-time job, but I love it. I love meeting all the members and I have made some good friends. I wouldn’t change what I do in a million years. Thank you to you all for your continued support!”
During June, the Bidding page will be raising money for StepOutStayOut in Clifton, and in July it will be Summerwood Community Gardens.
To get involved with the Clifton Bidding Facebook page, please join it on here: www.facebook.com/groups/329340647444365