China figurines donated to a charity shop have raised nearly £1,000 after being auctioned on ebay.
The set of 35 Beatrix Potter characters, which were a mixture of Beswick, Royal Doulton and Royal Albert china, were handed in to the Rennie Grove Hospice Care shop in Princes Risborough.
Director of retail Lesley Blencowe said: ““Our shop managers and their teams keep an eye out for donated items that might have a higher value if sold on ebay rather than in our charity shops. These Beatrix Potter figurines were quickly spotted by our eagle-eyed volunteer at that shop who is dedicated solely to sourcing items for ebay.
“Her research showed how much the figures could potentially fetch and so they were carefully transported to our retail & trading HQ where our volunteer ebay photographer and ebay listers worked their magic.
“The income that can be achieved by reaching a world-wide audience of collectors is of tremendous benefit to the charity.”
The figurines had starting prices ranging from £3.99 but proved really popular, with a bidding war over a Royal Albert Babbitty Bumble eventually ending at £62. Another favourite was Simpkin F the cat which sold for £72.74 after 14 bids.
The money raised from the sale provided enough to fund nearly 50 hours of specialist nursing care in patients’ homes.