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Cotswold jeweller donates diamond necklace to NSPCC Bristol Ball’s auction

PUBLISHED: 16:16 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:16 12 September 2016

The necklace will be among many items up for auction to raise money for the NSPCC

The necklace will be among many items up for auction to raise money for the NSPCC

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A glamorous fundraising Ball has been given an extra sparkle by a renowned South West jeweller – with the donation of a £1,500 necklace for auction.

The necklace has kindly been donated by DiamondGeezer.com for auction at the BallThe necklace has kindly been donated by DiamondGeezer.com for auction at the Ball

The ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ event at the Bristol Hotel on Thursday September 29, will mark the 30th anniversary of ChildLine – with all money raised going to the NSPCC.

And to make the occasion extra special, DiamondGeezer.com, of Dragons’ Den fame, have designed and created a necklace featuring top quality diamonds and an Akoya pearl, which will be open to bids on the night.

The Cotswolds company, based in Bourton-on-the-Water, still holds the record for the biggest rejection of investment by the Dragons, when founder Clive Billing turned down a £255,000 offer for 40 per cent of the business after putting a smaller share up for grabs.

Son and managing director Luke Billing agreed to support the Ball when approached by Shameem Forsyth, voluntary chair of the NSPCC Bristol Business Board. Luke said: “It is an absolute pleasure to support such an amazing charity. As a father of two young children, I think it is important to help the next generation and ChildLine is a fantastic service for young people.

Luke Billing, managing director of DiamondGeezer.com, designed the £1500 diamond necklace specifically for the eventLuke Billing, managing director of DiamondGeezer.com, designed the £1500 diamond necklace specifically for the event

“As soon as I heard the theme was ‘diamonds and pearls’ I got to work on this bespoke necklace, which features 18-carat white gold, a third of a carat total diamond weight, and an 8.5mm Akoya A-rated Japanese pearl.It is a wonderful piece and I hope it will attract lots of offers for a good cause – but you will have to outbid me to get it!”

Shameem added: “I had hoped Luke might be able to donate something for the event but he has exceeded all our expectations by actually designing a necklace just for this special occasion. We cannot thank him enough.Supporting the NSPCC is all about helping children now and in the future, and at this Ball we can do that, while also having a fantastic evening.”

Guests can expect a champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner, as well as live music by acclaimed band The Moonloungers, a raffle, and speeches by the NSPCC’s Peter Watt and individuals who have received help from the charity.Meanwhile, Martin Roberts from BBC Homes Under The Hammer will take on the role of auctioneer, and comedian Ian Royce will host the evening’s events. Proceedings will get underway at 6.45pm, and carriages are at midnight.

Anna Keir, NSPCC fundraising manager for Bristol, said: “This promises to be an absolutely fantastic evening, and I would like to thank Luke, Shameem, our entire Bristol Business Board, and everyone else who has made this possible. 90% of NSPCC funding comes from donations, so without fundraising events like these we would no longer be able to provide vital support services like ChildLine, allowing us to continue our fight for every childhood.”

Tickets for a table of 10 are £850. To book, please contact Anna Keir on 07976 065207 or anna.keir@nspcc.org.uk.

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