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Rare notes auction raises hospice funds

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More than £50,000 will be donated to Hospice UK after the low serial number notes were snapped up

The auction of rare bank notes has raised a bumper sum for charity.

More than £50,000 was collected for Hospice UK from the sale of new polymer bank notes from Clydesdale Bank. The money will go to support hospice and end of life care across the UK.

The new, low serial number £10 notes from Clydesdale Bank feature poet Robert Burns, and were auctioned in three waves. The first two were online auctions, while the third was held by auction house Spink.

The most sought after note online had the serial number 250159, which is Burns’ date of birth. It sold for £172.50. In total, the online auction raised £2,600 for Hospice UK, while the Spink auction of 92 notes raised a total of £49,140. Overall, £51,740 has been raised to date in the bank note sales.

Catherine Bosworth, director of income generation for Hospice UK, said: “We are thrilled with this result. It is only possible because of the support of Clydesdale Bank, the expertise of Spink, and everyone who bid on the notes.”

Jacqui Atkinson, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ partnership manager said: “We are delighted that the auction of rare bank notes has raised so much for our charity partner Hospice UK.”