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Auction of walk on parts on Doc Martin raises in excess of £7,000 for Weldmar

20th September 2021


Fundraising News

An auction of two walk on parts on popular ITV show Doc Martin has raised in excess of £7,000 for Weldmar Hospicecare. All thanks to the star of the programme, Martin Clunes.

Martin is a regular visitor to Weldmar’s Summer Fete, held every September in the meadow at the charity’s Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, but for the second year running the event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Doc MartinAs well as spending time with all of the patients and posing for countless photographs with visitors to the fete, the actor also donates a walk on part on Doc Martin for the Silent Auction to help raise funds, and he kindly offered to provide two of the experiences to auction online instead.

The walk on part for an individual raised £2,450.50. The one for a couple raised £4,600. Making a total of £7,050.50!

The successful bidders will get to spend time backstage and on the set during filming in Port Isaac, better known as Portwenn to fans of the show, before being able to appear on screen in  the background of one of the scenes.

Matt Smith, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, says, “We are extremely grateful to Martin Clunes for his continued support of Weldmar Hospicecare.  It was a difficult decision to have to cancel the Summer Fete again this year. As well as being an opportunity to enjoy a day with supporters and reconnect with a number of the families that we have supported, it is also one of our most important fundraising activities of the year.  This generous offer to provide the experiences on Doc Martin has gone a long way in making up for that lost income. This will help us to continue outstanding end of life care in Dorset for any patient with a life limiting illness, and support for their loved ones.”

Weldmar Hospicecare would also like to thank everybody who placed a bid in the auctions, which helped us raise that incredible total.

We are looking forward to seeing supporters, including Martin, return for our Summer Fete in September 2022.

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