A Tadcaster business is auctioning off a unique plate which marks the reopening of the town’s bridge to raise money for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.
Jess Ryan, 46, who owns pottery decorating firm Clayfever, designed the one-off platter which depicts Tadcaster’s bridge, along with scenes of the town centre.
She said: “I did it after the bridge collapsed and it’s been sat in the shop window ever since.
“So many people have commented on it and wanted to buy it, but I couldn’t put a price on it because it took me so long to do.
“I painted it to commemorate the opening of our new bridge in February 2017. I wanted to create something to show how united the town was in getting back to business after the floods of December 2015.
“However, I didn’t want to leave it just sitting in the shop window forever, I would rather it went to someone who really wanted it. So I thought it would be a good idea to hold a silent auction and raise some money for Martin House.”
Martin House provides care to children and young people – and their families – with life-limiting conditions throughout West, North and East Yorkshire. Jointly with Bluebell Wood Hospice, it is only one of two training centres in England for doctors in specialist paediatric palliative medicine.
Jess is holding the auction throughout September in her shop and on her website, with the winning bid being drawn at the end of the month. Bids can be placed by going into the shop, via email or on her Facebook page.
Clayfever, on the High Street, where people can decorate a ceramic item which is then glazed and fired, was opened in October 2015, just a few months before the bridge collapsed in the Boxing Day floods.
Jess added: “Starting this business has been my dream, but the timing wasn’t that great with the bridge collapsing a few months after I opened.
“We have survived and I want to go from strength to strength. The bridge is at the heart of Tadcaster, and in creating the plate, I wanted to show what it means to the town.”
To make a bid call into the shop on Tuesdays to Saturdays, email Jess with the title ‘plate auction’ at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.facebook.com/Clayfever2015
Alison Wragg, community fundraiser for Martin House, said: “Jess has created a wonderful reminder of the importance of the bridge to Tadcaster, and it is great that she has chosen to support Martin House in this way.”