Become a character in a Peter James thriller in aid of veterans’ charity

International bestselling crime and thriller writer, Peter James, famous for the Brighton-based Roy Grace series, will name a character after the person who places the successful bid at a special one-off auction being held in aid of Sussex charity, Care for Veterans.

Peter James, the UK’s biggest-selling crime thriller writer who has had 13 consecutive Sunday Times No 1 bestselling novels, offers the winner of this Lot the opportunity to have a character with the name of their choice, or a company name, in a future Roy Grace novel. You can choose to be a goody, a baddy, a police officer or even a corpse! Peter James’s series of Det Supt Roy Grace novels are published in 37 different languages, in 52 countries, so global celebrity awaits this lucky winner!

The Centenary Auction in aid of Care for Veterans will be held at Bellmans Auctioneers on Thursday 9 May.

Care for Veterans celebrates its centenary this year, and this unique event is being organised to mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary.

The auction promises to be an enjoyable soiree, with a drinks and canapes’ reception and entertainment by amazing magician, Tony Charles, before the auction starts at 7.30pm.

Some of the other wonderful Lots that have been donated to Care for Veterans for the auction include money-can’t-buy items like a tour of the BBC and lunch with Nicholas Witchell, a VIP hair experience at celebrity hair stylist Nicky Clarke’s London salon, Porsche driving experience at Silverstone, tours of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, signed Premiership football shirts, holidays abroad, weekend breaks, private wine and beer tastings and many more. There will be around 60 Lots in total and something to suit all people and all pockets.

Care for Veterans’ Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Elizabeth Baxter, explains,

“We are extremely grateful to all who have donated these amazing items and to Bellmans for holding this auction for us. Not only are they running the auction, but they have also waived their usual commission charges, so that bidders only pay what they bid, and Care for Veterans will receive 100% of the hammer price! We really appreciate their generosity, as this means that all the money raised on the night will go towards the care and rehabilitation of our disabled veterans.”

The Centenary Auction at Bellmans in Wisborough Green will start at 6.30pm. Entry is by ticket only, but tickets are free. If you unable to attend the auction, you can still get involved by placing a commission bid in advance of the evening or bidding online.

For more information, a copy of the auction catalogue, or to book your free tickets, contact Care for Veterans on 01903 218444 or visit www.careforveterans.org.uk

About Care for Veterans

Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 – the charity celebrates its centenary this year.

Care for Veterans is a registered charity, providing care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. Our residents’ needs are complex and many have multiple disabilities. Many have an Acquired Brain Injury and some have neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Others are paralysed or do not have use of their limbs and some are terminally ill. We support on average 140 residents a year.

We care for up to 60 residents at any one time.

Our residents are aged between 33 and 100.

Our residents represent the tri-services: Royal Navy, Army and RAF.

Services at Care for Veterans include nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, an active social and recreation department, rehabilitation kitchen, a chaplaincy service, counselling, IT facilities, a rehabilitation garden, sensory room, coffee shop and function room and regular outings on our specially adapted coach.

With no regular government funding, Care for Veterans must raise over £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Servicemen and women.

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