Dreweatts auctioneers make Mary Hare their Charity of the Year 2019

Mary Hare School for deaf children is delighted to have been nominated by Dreweatts auctioneers as their Charity of the Year for 2019.

The idea came to staff at Dreweatts following the launch of the Maryhare sculpture project in September 2018. Cristian Beadman and Charlotte Schelling, sculpture and works of art specialists at Dreweatts, attended the event in London where Pippa Middleton (Ambassador to Mary Hare) and sculptor Sophie Ryder told guests how they had teamed up to create a unique work to be sold in support of the Mary Hare Primary School Appeal.

Mary Hare plans to build a brand new, bespoke Primary School for deaf children on its site near Newbury, Berkshire. The whole project will cost £6 million and the School aims to raise half of this (£3 million) from a fundraising Appeal and the rest from the sale of the existing Primary School building.

Jonathan Pratt, Managing Director of Dreweatts, said “We are delighted to be supporting Mary Hare this year. Their work and the results they achieve are inspirational. We look forward to collaborating with them on a variety of initiatives over the coming months and helping them with their fundraising for the new Primary School.

Sophie Ryder has donated a limited edition of 50 bronzes to be sold for the charity. She named the sculpture Maryhare as it shows a woman’s body with the head of a hare. Cristian and Charlotte were so impressed by the project they wanted to offer their help in some way.

During the year, Dreweatts will support Mary Hare in several ways. The main event is an auction of donated art, to be held in early September. The charity and Dreweatts are approaching artists to donate a work of art to be auctioned alongside one of Sophie Ryder’s Maryhare sculptures.  In addition, Dreweatts staff will welcome 6th form pupils interested in art and history – to give them an insight into the world of fine art auctioneers.

Peter Gale, Principal of the School said: “I am always amazed that busy people want to take on the additional work of helping us to raise funds. Working with Dreweatts will not only help us achieve our target of £3 million, but also raise our profile amongst a whole new audience.



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