Northamptonshire woman to host fundraiser in memory of husband

The Samuel Pepys pub in Slipton

The Samuel Pepys pub in Slipton

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A woman from Slipton is hosting a fundraising dinner and auction at a village pub to raise money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in memory of her late husband.

Vicky Hishin is selling lots of limited edition SAS memorabilia, including signed books by Andy McNab, maps from Iraq and a signed photo of the team which stormed the Iranian embassy in 1980, among other items.

The auction takes place at the Samuel Pepys pub in Slipton this Saturday evening from 9pm.

In May, Vicky abseiled down the Express Lift Tower in Northampton to help raise money for the hospice.

Her late husband Paul received treatment there before his death in 2013.

Vicky said: “Myself and a friend held a spring fair in March which raised £800.

“When we asked people to donate items, the response we received was so good that we had lots of items left over so we decided to hold the event at the Samuel Pepys pub.

“The manager there, Andrew Nicholls, has been really good in helping us set everything up.”

Among the other items in the auction are a vintage bottle of port, worth nearly £300, a week for two people in Tenerife, a jousting lesson, a personal chef and butler for an evening, driving lessons and signed books by Miranda Hart, Arthur Smith and other celebrities.

Vicky added: “The SAS items will really appeal to collectors of that type of thing.”

Vicky carried out the abseil in May and describes the experience as ‘horrible’.

She added: “I’m very glad I did it though.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Vicky and help out the hospice should visit www.justgiving.com/Vicky-Hishin.