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CHARITY/FUND-RAISING AUCTIONEER & MC

 

JOHN“FINGERS” FINGLETON

John “Fingers” Fingleton has undertaken over 450 Charity and Fundraising auctions, raising more than £7½ million  for numerous worthwhile causes, in the process attracting a welter of glittering testimonials.

 

He has worked often for The Lord’s (and Lady) Taverners, Chance to Shine, Barmy Army, Bunburys, Lashings and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust, many of cricket’s foremost charities and rugby’s Wooden Spoon Society. Amongst the other multitude of good causes he has assisted are Alzheimer’s Society, Animal Health Trust, Asthma UK, Birdshot Uveitis Society, Breast Cancer Care, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Children-in-Crisis, Countryside Alliance, DebRA, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Dyslexia Action, Elephant Family, Farms for City Children, Flannels for Heroes, Friends of the Commonwealth, Guildford Cathedral, Gurkha Welfare Trust, Happy Child Foundation/Thailand, Hedgehog Care, Hounds for Heroes, Hope4Children, Jenga Soul of Africa, Koestler Trust, Leukaemia Busters, MaAfrika Tikkun, Mencap, Michael Essien Foundation, National Aids Trust, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (UK), Noel Orphanage/Rwanda, Olivia’s Vision, the Primary Club, the Prince’s Trust, Princess Alexandra Hospital/Breast Cancer Research, Radar, RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Spitfires 7s, RAFT, Royal Court Theatre, Red Cross Children’s Hospital/South Africa, Royal London Society for the Blind, RNRM Charity, the Royal Marines/C Group, Royal Marsden, SSAFA-Forces Help, St. John Ambulance, Sarah Lamping Memorial Fund, Save the Children, Seafarers UK, ShelterBox, Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Sparks, Springboard, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Tusk/Friends of Lewa, UK Brain Tumour Society, Umthombo Street Children/Durban, UNICEF, Veniños (Venezuelan Children in Need), and World Horse Welfare; as well as many school appeals, including Arnold House, Francis Holland, Lambrook, Reed’s, Stowe, St. Edward’s Oxford, St. Paul’s Cathedral School, Uppingham, CFBL and the Jan Kriel School/Cape Town.  He has been privileged to mount the rostrum at Sotheby’s, whilst work overseas has aided, inter alia, in the USA, the New York Police & Fire Departments’ charities, Preventing Child Abuse in North Carolina; in Australia, the Lord’s Taverners, CanDo4Kids and Novita; in Europe, the International School/Brussels; and, in South Africa, Johannesburg Sportsman’s Club and Pirates Club.

 

He has helped to raise substantial sums for leading cricketers during their Benefit years, including England captains Andrew Strauss, Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher, as well as James Anderson, Mark Ramprakash, Phil Tufnell, Matthew Hoggard, Ian Bell, Nick Knight, Darren Maddy, Shaun Udal, Martin & Darren Bicknell, Mike Roseberry and Ronnie Irani; rugby stars Martin Johnson, Laurence Dallaglio, Will Greenwood and Richard Hill; Spurs & England footballer Gary Mabbutt; and Middlesex, Durham, Essex, Hampshire and Surrey County Cricket Clubs and Radlett CC.

 

Among his attributes - belied, perhaps, by his appearance! - are speed (there is nothing duller and less successful than a slow auction) and an ability to ‘relate’ to his audience, so persuading many to pay far more than they had ever envisaged …  for items they never even knew they wanted!

 

Other services include MC-ing events, and fun fund-raising activities, including the ubiquitously popular “Heads or Tails” game.  He also undertakes commentary and compering duties and chairs discussion panels at cricket matches, lunches, dinners and other events, sporting or otherwise, for commercial, corporate and social occasions.  For many years, until its closure in 2008, he hosted the monthly “LTITM” lunches at the Cricketers Club of London, with a celebrated personality from the world of cricket or other sports as the Guest Speaker.

 

A modest commission is normally chargeable which, as he usually comfortably exceeds his clients’ best expectations, is invariably far more than covered by his achievements. He is also able to source signed, authenticated memorabilia from the worlds of sport, music, show-business, art, politics and current affairs, contemporary or historical, and supply them at agreed ‘sale or return’ prices, together with a number of ‘money-can’t-buy’ opportunities.  Net proceeds above reserve prices are donated to the charity.

 

John Fingleton

19 York House, 39 Upper Montagu Street, London W1H 1FR

Tel: 020-7724 2444   Fax : 020-7724 8622   Mobile: 07710 851007

E-M: Fingers@Fingleton.co.uk  Web: www.Fingersauctions.com